Schedule and Classes

14_3141779.jpg14_Wright Hall widePlease plan on arriving for check-in at Wright Hall between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm Friday, March 20th to pick up your folder, room assignment and other information. Dinner is family-style and will be served promptly at 6:00 pm in the dining room at Wright Hall, followed by a tutti playing session in the Great Hall. Be prepared to enjoy various daytime and evening activities.

Daytime Classes

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be four class periods a day, with a shortened class on Monday. Just to spark your interest, here is a sampling of classes we had at one of our recent retreats (this year’s faculty has not yet revealed their current proposals, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know).

  • “A Marvelous Pleasingness.” the music of Guillaume Du Fay
  • “Florentine Festival Music”
  • “Bach by Popular Demand”
  • “From Adams to Zawinul: The Roots and Branches of Jazz”
  • “An Abundance of Boismortier”
  • “O magnum mysterium,” Music of Renaissance Spain
  • “Caioni Connection,” Music of Early Transylvania
  • “Antique Gold and Ancient Armor,” Music of Eric Satie

After your registration form and payment are received, a class selection form will be emailed to you when the faculty determines their topics. Ensemble classes will include a range of music from the renaissance and baroque eras to contemporary works. You will be asked to make a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice for each class period, taking into consideration your playing level and instruments. The faculty will do its best to use this information to select music that will create cohesive ensembles for a rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.


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Evening Activities

Friday evening there will be a large group playing session, led by Phil Neuman, in the Great Room of Wright Hall. Bring recorders of all sizes (especially the large ones if you have them), viols and other strings, and soft double reed instruments.

14_Tutti Phil merge

Saturday night we will enjoy an evening of our own participants creating an open mic night! Individuals or groups are invited to sign up and strut their stuff to the delight of the attendees!

On Sunday night, we’ll be honored to hear our esteemed faculty in a concert just for us. This concert is always fun and some consider it the best they attend all year.

PRO playing at the Pittock Mansion

CGEMR 2016

Core Faculty, Vicki Boeckman, Laura Kuhlman, Phil Neuman and Gayle Neuman


Saturday and Sunday we’ll also have optional opportunities for other musical activities and informal playing ensembles.

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat 2013.

Mossy green hillside

Columbia Gorge Early Music Retreat 2013.

View of the Columbia Gorge

Walks, wildlife observations and great views are always available for recreation. Maybe even a silent auction of interesting items or a raffle. You never know!

The retreat concludes at 3 pm on Monday.         CGEMR 2016