Consort Class Summer Term: an online early music ensemble class – starts June 23rd and 26th, 2021:  We are starting a new 10 week class via Zoom on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Play along with the Oregon Renaissance Band Trio: Gayle Neuman, Laura Kuhlman and Phil Neuman – each session is 90 minutes and you may attend on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays.  The music will be made available for download and will include a variety of Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval, and a modern piece or two.  Cost is $100.  To register, go to the Join and Donate page, donate $100 and write in “Consort Class” in the instructions from buyer, or write to and let us know you would like to attend the class (there’s no special button for the class.)  Or you can send a check, payable to “Early Music Guild of Oregon”, to EMGO, PO Box 593, Oregon City, OR 97045, and include your email address.

Class Times:

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00pm
Saturday Mornings at 10:00am

Write to if you have questions – we hope you can join us!

“Counterpoint for Four” is offered online.  It consists of 8 weekly lessons sent via email by Phil Neuman with short exercises and lots of useful information for players of 16th century music.  If you would like more information or to register write to:

Community Music Center Early Music Classes are canceled due to the coronavirus through Summer 2021.  Fall Term may happen – stay tuned for details.
If you love early music and early instruments, or want to learn, come join us.  Terms: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.    Location: SE 33rd Place and Francis St. (one block south of Powell) in Portland.  Write to or contact the Community Music Center for more information.   

Fall, Winter and Spring Terms for the Community Music Center Classes (when in session) follow the schedule below on Wednesdays:

Advanced Ensemble – 6:30pm (Phil Neuman)
For the advanced early musician.  Challenging music for recorders and other early instruments.  Must play both C and F recorders.  Advanced sight-reading skills necessary.

Renaissance Song – 6:30pm (Gayle Neuman)
A small choir focusing on renaissance music.  Sight-reading skills required.  Vocal technique, pronunciation, period intonation, and phrasing will be discussed.

Renaissance Winds – 7:30pm (Phil Neuman)
A unique class combining early soft double reed instruments with other dynamically compatible early instruments.  Sight-reading skills required, must know C and F fingerings.  Reed and instrument maintenance will be discussed.  We also sing one piece.

Recorder Level 3 (Higher Intermediate) – 7:30pm (Gayle Neuman)
For the upper intermediate player.  Emphasis on cut time.  Soprano players must also play tenor.  May play either C or F recorders, playing both is encouraged.  Well developed sight-reading skills necessary.

Collegium Musicum – 8:30pm (Gayle Neuman)
For singers and players of strings and soft wind instruments who perform at an upper intermediate or advanced level.

Loud Wind Band – 8:30pm (Phil Neuman)
For advanced players on cornetto, curtal, sackbutt, crumhorn, cornamusen, and others.  Also, we play one challenging modern piece for recorders.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Schedule for Cindy Markham’s CMC Classes:

Recorder Level 1 (Beginning) – Wednesdays at 7:00pm tba (Cindy Markham)
Learn to play correctly from the start.  No prior musical experience is necessary.  All sizes of recorder welcome.

Recorder Level 2 (Lower intermediate) – Wednesdays at 8:00pm tba (Cindy Markham)
For the lower intermediate player.  Emphasis on sight-reading, articulation, and intonation skills.  Soprano players must also play tenor.  May play either C or F recorders, playing both is encouraged.  Contact Cindy at for details.

The instructors are Gayle Neuman, Phil Neuman, and Cindy Markham.

For more information, call 503-631-2973.  To enroll or to receive a catalog, contact the Community Music Center at 503-823-3177.  The Community Music Center is located at the corner of SE 33rd Place and Francis St. (one block south of Powell) in Portland.

Canceled temporarily due to Covid: Monthly weekend classes for early strings (violin, viola, cello, rebec, viola da gamba) are held in Oregon City.  Write to the Neumans at for details.