The Seattle Recorder Society’s Port Townsend Early Music Workshop at the University of Puget Sound offers an opportunity for players of recorder, viol, and historical winds to study and play music of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the 20th century.


Some classes include technique study. Others focus on a particular composer or historical style, or are developed around specific themes. Most classes are for players with reliable technique and reading skills, but there are also classes for less experienced players and those who consider their technique rusty.

Check the Classes page for a list of some of the classes that will be offered.  Or you can find highlights and descriptions of some of the classes being offered on ithe ndividual faculty pages.  Each faculty member's page can be viewed by clicking on the picture of "more" links found on the Faculty list page.

After we receive your registration form and deposit, you will be sent the 2017 Curriculum Guide with course descriptions of all of the classes. You will be asked to choose among the many offerings.


Check-in and housing assignments at Trimble Hall begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, and the Sunday evening dinner is at 6:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Workshop activities begin at 7:30 p.m. with a meeting and playing session for all.

Wednesday afternoon is entirely free. Participants often organize tours to surrounding cities or sites, while others may prefer to remain on campus to play music or enjoy the beautiful and relaxing setting.  See Activities for more details.

Saturday morning is devoted to informal performances in which classes may participate. The workshop concludes with lunch.

Because Tacoma is 30 miles from the airport, those planning to fly from Seattle should book flights no earlier than 3:00 p.m. on the final Saturday.

  Daily Schedule - Monday-Friday:

Special Events & Activities

Recorder Doctor Visit

Recorder maker and performer David Ohannesian will again visit the workshop during the week to provide gentle care and maintenance for recorders that need adjustment or repair.

Wednesday Afternoon -- Mid-Week Rest or Sight-Seeing

Participants often organize trips/tours to visits museums, shops or sites in Tacoma or Seattle; or to more distant points such as Mount Rainier or Point Defiance; while others may prefer to remain on campus to play music or enjoy the beautiful and relaxing setting.  See the "Setting" page for more information about the workshop's location and tourist sites in the area, and to find out more about the recreational facilities available on-campus.

Evening Activities

Each evening will feature a different event or activity:
  • Monday: wine & dessert reception and Faculty Jam Session
  • Tuesday: Drum Circle - open to all comers; and any "percussion" instrument
  • Wednesday: Free evening & informal consorts
  • Thusrday: Faculty Recital
  • Friday: Salmon Banquet and costumed festivities

Saturday Morning

A final get-together to share informal performances by some of the classes, distribute your final lunch, and to say good-bye to new-found and old friends alike.
Last updated on: November 21, 2016
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Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
The Program
  • Beakfast
  •   9:00 - 10:15 - Class #1
  • 10:30 - 10:50 - Coffee/Tea Break & All Workshop Meeting
  • 11:00 - 12:15 - Class #2

Afternoon (no classes on Wednesday):
  • 12:30 - 1:15 - Lunch
  •   1:45 - 3:00 - Class #3
  •   3:30 - 4:45 - Class #4

  • Dinner
  • Programmed and/or Informal Evening Activity
    (see below for list)
To give you an idea of the weekly schedule, listed below is the schedule for the 2015 Port Townsend Workshop. An update for the 2017 Workshop schedule will be provided in late 2016 or early 2017.