A picture of 14 different soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.
A collection of soprano, alto, tenor and bass recorders.

The Portland Recorder Society is a non-profit membership organization that promotes the pleasures of recorder playing. The recorder is a serious instrument with sizes and voices in every octave. Furthermore the recorder is a gateway to many forms of early to modern music and especially the delights of playing in social groups.

Portland Recorder Society members and guests play together monthly on the 1st Sunday of each month, with some exceptions (summer). Look here or check our newsletter to learn all the details each month, including links to register for each session and to the music to be played. Meanwhile, if you have not yet renewed your PRS membership, don’t wait!  Click below to renew, join for the year or join for just one session.

A reminder: Click here to renew your membership, become a member or join for one session.

Upcoming PRS Session: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Where: St David of Wales, 2800 SE Harrison St, Portland, Ob
When: Sunday October 2nd, 2:00-5:00 pm (in person)
Watch this space to download the music for the playing session.

Hello friends! The Board of the Portland Recorder Society is inviting you to join us on Sunday, October 2nd, for an in-person playing session! We are very excited to offer this opportunity to all members of PRS.

We of course will be following COVID protocols of wearing a mask except while playing. If you play strings, you are welcome to wear your mask all the time. You must have been vaccinated and had at least one booster to attend. Please bring your vaccination card with you.

We will be gathering at St David of Wales, 2800 SE Harrison, Portland. There is plenty of parking. We will gather in the very large community room with easy access through the side door of the parking lot. No stairs! There will be plenty of room to spread out. Doors and windows will be open to circulate the air.

The playing session will begin at 2:00 pm and last until 5:00 pm. As usual the music will be available on the website or through the newsletter a week ahead of time. If you have any questions, please go to Contact Us.

Survey Results for In-Person Playing

Thank you to those who answered to our survey (only about 1/3 of our membership) for holding in-person playing sessions in the 2022-23 season. Fully 43% of those who answered said yes they are ready to play in-person with their vaccinations. Only 4% said No and 18% said not sure. The remaining 36% were out of town and could not physically attend. So as we are just putting our fall dates together, we are encouraged to move ahead with in-person playing sessions in a new venue with improved parking and social distancing space. We hope all the concerned, busy and reluctant people will be able to join us!

Online and Playing Opportunities

Click here to access a list of free recorder playing opportunities online!

Click here to download sheet music for Bach 2- and 3-part inventions and symphonicas, newly arranged and transcribed by Boyd Osgood. Midi files for the 3-part music can be downloaded from the ARS national site at https://mms.americanrecorder.org/members/compositions/composition_search.php?org_id=ARSO.