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 Playing Sessions:

2019-2020 Season: Watch this space for times and other details!

    • September 15: 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
    • April 5: Laura Kuhlman
    • May 9: (Saturday night) Member’s Cabaret 2020

Mother’s Day 2019 turned out to be too busy for everyone for our meeting. So watch this space for next year’s program and we will have our belated party and two performances plus a playing session for our first meeting next September, 2019!

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