mixedrecordersThe 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.

The Portland Recorder Society board is still in full swing and working hard to plan ahead for an unforeseeable future. While we have no concrete details at this time as to when and which PRS activities will be available, we are actively following the COVID situation, mandates and restrictions at the local and federal levels, as well as sensible planning when restrictions slowly begin to be lifted.
The health and safety of our membership is our number one priority, and we are doing our best to keep our community active and involved during this unprecedented time. We are eagerly awaiting the restarting of PRS activities and will keep everyone updated as we are able to safely plan future activities. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work through this together!
The PRS Board

Online Playing

Click here to access our resource page that lists online playing opportunities for social distancing!

CGEMR 2016

We hold monthly recorder playing sessions for amateurs, publish an email newsletter, support a performance orchestra (Recorder Orchestra of Oregon) and host an annual music workshop (Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat). Our organization brings “recorder appreciation” to all! Watch this space to view our schedule and to download music so you can practice it and bring it to the meeting.

Join our Playing Sessions!

The Portland Recorder Society gathers for large ensemble playing sessions September through May. Our playing session for April 5, 2020, will be cancelled due to virus considerations. We will reschedule our potluck and Members’ Cabaret on April 26th, so watch this space for more information.


Jacob Breedlove leads and drums the rhythm for a 4-part early music piece.

Sessions are held on SUNDAYS in the early afternoon, depending on holidays and scheduling of the annual Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat. Each session is led by a professional musician with music you can download from this site or will be provided. All playing levels are welcomed and all sizes of recorders from contrabass to sopranino are needed. Other “recorder-friendly” instruments such as viola da gambas and soft reeds are welcomed.


TaborSpace at 5441 SE Belmont

Please bring instruments, pencil, and a music stand. Those who have Susato dance books, please bring them too. Sessions are held at TaborSpace, inside the Mt.Tabor Presbyterian Church at 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, Oregon.

Parking at the Tabor Space is easy! Use their lot with the entrance on 54th Ave. You may enter the building on the walkway directly across from the parking lot entrance. Come in the doors on the lower level and look for the second door on the right, the “Dining Room.” No stairs required!

Portland Recorder Society 2019-2020 Playing Sessions:

Our playing sessions will be held in the TaborSpace Dining Hall* from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, except for September 8 and April 26 for our potlucks, which will be from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Dining Hall will be open at 1:30 and we ask that you arrive early so you are ready and set up to play at 2:00 pm. Let’s make music together!

    • September 8, 2019; 2-5 pm: Potluck and Playing:  Laura Kuhlman
    • October 6, 2019; 2-4 pm: Phil Neuman
    • November 3, 2019; 2-4 pm: Laura Kuhlman
    • December 1, 2019; 2-4 pm: Anthony Allen
    • January 5, 2020; 2-4 pm: Miyo Aoki
    • February 2, 2020; 2-4 pm: Jacob Breedlove
    • March 1, 2020; 2-4 pm: Gayle Neuman (exception: meeting is in Room 5 next to the Dining Hall)
    • April 5, 2020; 2-4 pm: Laura Kuhlman (cancelled)
    • April 26, 2020; 2-5 pm: Member’s Cabaret and Potluck (postponed)

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