• Consort Class Fall Term 2021: The next 10 week term begins Wednesday September 29th and Saturday October 2nd.  Cost: $100.  The 90 minute sessions via Zoom include playing a melange of renaissance, baroque, medieval and modern music with the ORB Trio in real time with performance advice, historical information and lively banter.  Come join the fun!  To register go to the Join and Donate page and make a $100 donation and write”Consort Class” in the ‘instructions to seller’, or if that window doesn’t appear write to us at and let us know you’d like to take the class.  Attend on Wednesdays or Saturdays or both!

Below is a description of the classes we normally teach at the Community Music Center – due to the coronavirus, those classes are canceled through Fall Term 2021.

Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, and Cindy Markham (members of The Oregon Renaissance Band and The Fireside Social Orchestra) teach a number of early music performance classes at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis St. in Portland, Oregon.


Gayle leading the Recorder 3 Class at the Community Music Center. Photo by Full Duck.

The winter session classes, celebrating 40 years on early music classes by the Neumans, will begin on Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.

During the fall, winter, and spring terms the schedule is:

      • Wednesdays at 6:30pm
        Advanced Recorder
        Challenging music from several periods for highly experienced players


        Phil leading the Advanced Ensemble at the Community Music Center. Photo by Full Duck.

        Renaissance Song
        A small choir of experienced sight-readers sing renaissance chansons, motets, balletts, and other early vocal forms

      • Wednesdays at 7:30pm
        Recorder Level 3
        Ensemble playing for experienced players who read both C and F fingerings and sight-read well
      • Renaissance Winds
        Music for cornamusen, krummhorns, racketts, sordunes, and recorders for advanced players who also like to sing
      • Wednesdays at 8:30pm
        Collegium Musicum
        Music for a combination of voices, strings, recorders and other wind instruments for experienced players
      • Loud Band
        Renaissance music for cornetto, sackbutts, shawms, bagpipes, and other double reeds for advanced players.  We also play a modern recorder piece for fun.

        • Wednesdays at 7:30pm tba
          Recorder Level 1
          Learn recorder correctly from the beginning for SATB recorders

To see the CMC catalog and cost/registration information, Click here for Community Music Center Classes – scroll to current catalog and look for our classes.

In addition, monthly classes are held for Early Strings in Oregon City.  Private lessons are available for voice and many wind and string instruments.  E-mail the Neumans at for more information.

2 thoughts on “Classes”

  1. Glenda Chaite said:

    I have been playing alto recorder for 8 months with my teacher Esther but have no experience with ensemble groups. Is there a beginning class that I could take? Don’t know if I am ready for an intermediate class.

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