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.

The Portland Recorder Society board is still in full swing and working hard to plan ahead for an unforeseeable future. 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 through virtual activities during this unprecedented time. We are eagerly awaiting the restarting of PRS face-to-face activities and will keep everyone updated as we are able to plan future activities safely. Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work through this together!

March 20-21:

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat Online

Registration is Open: Now to Noon March 16th

Click here to register for the CGEMR 2021!

Join our PRS online Playing Sessions for 2021!

This season, we will be presenting our monthly playing session online and the best part? It is free to all PRS members. On the second Sunday of each month (see table below), we will gather via Zoom and be led through fantastic music by different presenters. The sessions will last 90 minutes and music will be available a week before the actual meeting. All meetings will begin at 2:00 pm (PST).

The registration form allows you to pay the annual dues ($40) and signs you up for the first session, OR you can select the option to sign up for just one session ($20). Once you pay your dues, the further sessions are free, but you must register again each month via the registration form link (below, as it becomes available each month) or in the monthly members’ newsletter to be allowed into the current Zoom session. Registration will usually close 3 days before the meeting.

All who register for the upcoming session will receive a Confirmation email a week ahead of time which includes:

• Information about the format of the session
• A link to the music to download and print in advance of the session
• Audio files if they are available
• Information about how to access the meeting, 
including how to join and participate in a Zoom session

Upcoming PRS Sessions 2021

The first time you register, you will need to download Zoom onto your computer, iPad, tablet, phone…whatever device you want to use. Jamison Forge and Laura Kuhlman will be available to help with technical issues. The music played at past sessions is always available to download. Scroll up to the main menu and go to Resources>PRS Music Archive.

March 14: Gayle Neuman with the Oregon Renaissance Band Trio

Watch this space for the registration form to join the March 14th session.

April 11: Glen Shannon

May 16: TBD: Watch this space.

Westcoast “Play the Recorder Month” Activities

March 6th: Seattle Recorder Society is hosting on March 6th at 1pm PST a 90-minute virtual rehearsal for the ARS commissioned piece Transparent Letters Across the Sky. Vicki Boeckman will lead the session. Be ready to play with the ARS on March 20th! Find the details here: http://www.seattle-recorder.org/home.html  Note: You will need to join the ARS in order to download the music.

Now to March 20, #WePlayRecorder Photo Contest: British Columbia Recorder Society is asking recorder players from anywhere (not just North America), to submit photos, videos, or memes showing the recorder out in the world. It’s all about raising recorder awareness and encouraging folks to give it a try. The competition is now open and ends on March 20, 2021. Then you, and everyone in our community, have the opportunity to vote for your top three favourites. Winners will be announced on March 29, 2021 via email. Of course, there are fabulous prizes! Find the details here: https://www.bcrecordersociety.com/ptrm-art-competition.html

Other Playing Opportunities with Social Distancing

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