American Recorder Society - Event Information

Event Name:Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
Event Type(s):Workshop
Description:The Port Townsend Early Music Workshop offers an exciting week-long opportunity for players of recorder, viol, early winds, percussion as well as singers to immerse themselves in music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, French Baroque, Contemporary, Brazilian and African, and much, much more. Most classes are geared towards players with reliable technique and reading skills, but there is always a place for those who feel they are less experienced or rusty, or coming back to music after a long break. Many of our participants agree that our workshop is one of the most friendly and inclusive of any they have attended. If you are in doubt as to your abilities, please do not hesitate to contact Artistic Director Vicki Boeckman so that we may talk in person. Additionally, if you are unable to attend for the entire week but wish to audit some classes, please contact Administrative Director Jo Baim.

This workshop has been held in the city of Tacoma on the lovely campus of the University of Puget Sound since 2009. There are direct shuttles available from SeaTac airport to the University’s Trimble Hall if needed, and overnight hospitality may be possible before and/or after the workshop with one of our gracious Seattle Recorder Society or Pacific Northwest Viols members.

Check-in and housing will be on Sunday July 7th between 12:00 – 4:00pm in Trimble Hall.  After dinner, the workshop will officially begin at 7:30 pm with faculty introductions, a general orientation and a playing session for all. Classes begin on Monday July 8th at 9:00 am and will run through Friday afternoon at 5 pm. Saturday July 13th is devoted entirely to informal performances where participants can share what they have worked on if desired, and then concludes with lunch. Those planning to fly out of SeaTac on July 13th should book flights no earlier than 3:00 pm.

Special evening activities will include an all workshop event led by composer Sören Sieg on Monday, English Country dancing on Tuesday, a faculty concert on Thursday (one of the highlights of the week), and a costumed salmon banquet on Friday. Participants may invite guests to any of the evening activities for free, however there will be a separate charge for guests for the salmon banquet. 

Wednesday afternoon is entirely free. Some participants carpool to nearby Point Defiance, or wander in to town while others prefer to remain on campus to play music, form impromptu ensembles, or just relax.
Event Date:7/7/2019 - 7/13/2019
Location:Trimble Hall
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, WA

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Daily Schedule

Sunday, July 7:
  • Check-in at Trimble Hall is between 12:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Dinner is served in the dining hall from 4:30 – 6:30
  • Orientation and tutti music playing session in the Rotunda 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, July 10:
Please note this is a very different schedule! A, C and D classes are shorter and there is no B class. Everyone is asked to please pay attention and be on time so that it will work!
  • Breakfast is still served from 7:00 – 9:00 am
  • Class A:  9:00 – 9:45
  • Class C:  10:00 – 10:45 (This is the class right after lunch)
  • Coffee, Tea and Announcements (Trimble Forum):  10:50 - 11:20
  • Class D: 11:30 – 12:15 (This is the late afternoon class)
  • Lunch is still served in the dining hall 11:30 - 1:30

    This is your time to assimilate, reflect, practice, form impromptu ensembles, enjoy the solitude of the beautiful campus, explore Point Defiance Park, or go to the Tacoma Glass Museum.  Dinner is “on your own.” If you prefer to stay on campus you may buy dinner at the door in the dining hall for around $12.

Saturday, July 13:
  • Breakfast is served from 7:00 – 9:00
  • Student Concert in Schneebeck Concert Hall:  9:30 – 12:00 noon
  • Lunch served until 1:30
  • Check-out by 2:00

Evening Events  and Other Special Events

Sunday July 7: 
  • Orientation and tutti playing session - Rotunda  7:00 – 9:00 pm 

Monday July 8:
  • All Workshop event with Sören Sieg - Rotunda 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Tuesday July 9:
  • English Country Dancing - Rotunda - 7:30 – 9:00
    with caller Anna Mansbridge  

Wednesday July 10:
  • Recorder Dr. David will be on campus from noon onward to tune and make small voicing adjustments.
  • Afternoon off: Free time  - Impromptu ensemble playing

Thursday July 11:
  • “Care and Feeding of your recorder” with Dr. David 5:00 – 5:45 - Trimble Room
  • Faculty Concert in the Chapel 7:30 – 9:30 pm 
  • Reception following in Trimble 

Friday July 13:
  • Salmon Banquet with some student performances - Rotunda 6:15 pm (costumes and masks encouraged!)
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