Welcome!

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.

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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!

Join our Playing Sessions!

The Portland Recorder Society gathers for large ensemble playing sessions September through May.

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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 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.

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TaborSpace at 5441 SE Belmont

Please bring instruments, pencil, and a music stand. 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: Potluck and Playing:  Laura Kuhlman
    • October 6: Phil Neuman
    • November 3: Laura Kuhlman
    • December 1: TBD
    • January 5: Laura Kuhlman
    • February 2:. Vicki Boeckman
    • March 1: Gayle Neuman (*exception: meeting is in Room 5 next to the Dining Hall)
    • April 5: Laura Kuhlman
    • April 26: (Saturday night) Member’s Cabaret and Potluck 2020

Looking for an Editor of our Monthly Newsletter!

The newsletter is a leading source of local information on upcoming playing sessions, concerts, workshops, instruments for sale, and other items of interest to the Portland recorder community. In addition to the usual monthly responsibilities of assembling information and formatting articles, ideally, our volunteer editor will work with the PRS Board on designing a new look for this 11-year-old publication. If you’re interested in joining a dedicated team working to promote the recorder and opportunities to play beautiful music, or just want to know more, please send an e-mail to

newsletter@portlandrecordersociety.org