Last updated on: November 14, 2017
The Seattle Recorder Society
Port Townsend Early Music Workshop
Special Events & Activities

Evening Events

Each evening will feature a different event or activity:
  • Sunday July 9: Orientation and tutti playing session in the Rotunda 7:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Monday July 10: Faculty Showcase with dessert & wine in the Rotunda 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  • Tuesday July 11: TBA!
  • Wednesday July 12: Free evening & informal consorts
  • Thursday July 13: Faculty Concert in the Chapel 7:30 – 9:30 PM
  • Friday July 14: Salmon Banquet with some student performances in the Rotunda 6:15 PM (costumes and masks encouraged!)

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.
  • Breakfast served from 7:00 – 9:00
  •   9:00 - 10:15 - Class A
  • 10:15 - 10:50 - Morning Coffee, Tea and Announcements (Trimble Forum) 
  • 11:00 - 12:15 - Class B
Afternoon (no classes on Wednesday):
  • Lunch served in the dining hall from 11:30 - 1:30
  •   1:45 - 3:00 - Class C
  •   3:30 - 4:45 - Class D
  • Dinner served from 4:30 – 6:30
  • Programmed and/or Informal Evening Activity (see below for list)
“Best workshop I have ever attended! No bad moments and many, many wonderful ones.”

"Although I was a relatively inexperienced newcomer everyone made me feel welcome.

“I think you have it down to a fine art”

"This was my first time at this workshop and it has been a fantastic experience!  The faculty is all excellent, I learned a lot, enjoyed good company, made new friends, and had too little time for practicing."
The Port Townsend Early Music Workshop offers an exciting week long opportunity to study recorder, viol and historical winds. Classes this year will span music of the Middle Ages, Traditional World Music, Symbolism in the Renaissance, Ornamentation in the Baroque, the Language of Jazz, and Contemporary. Our splendid faculty will be teaching topics particular to their unique area of expertise. There will also be morning classes that focus on improving technical skills. While there is always a place for less experienced players and those who consider their technique rusty, most classes are for players with reliable technique and reading skills. If you are unable to attend the workshop for the entire week but wish to audit classes for a day, please contact Administrative Director Jo Baim

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 the individual 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.

The workshop begins on Sunday, July 9, 2017 with checkin between 12:00 – 4:00 PM. A commercial shuttle can be taken directly from SeaTac International Airport to Trimble Hall on the University campus. Overnight hospitality may be possible on July 8 and July 15.

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 separate Wednesday schedule 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-Tacoma (SEA-TAC) airport should book flights no earlier than 3:00 PM on July 15.
Monday, July 10 & Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday:
Daily Schedule
Sunday, July 9:
  • Check-in and housing assignments at Trimble Hall 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 12: Please note the different schedule!
  • Breakfast served from 7:00 – 9:00
  •   9:00 - 10:15 - Class A
  • 10:15 - 10:50 - Morning Coffee, Tea and Announcements (Trimble Forum) 
  • 11:00 - 12:15 - Class B
    This is your time to assimilate, reflect, practice, form impromptu ensembles, enjoy the solitude of the beautiful campus, or explore Point Defiance Park, or go to the Tacoma Glass Museum, or drive out to Mt. Rainier! 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.
  • If you prefer to stay on campus you may buy dinner at the door in the dining hall for around $12.  Dinner served from 4:30 – 6:30
  • Free time  - Impromptu ensemble playing.

Saturday, July 15:
  • 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

The Program
"This was an outstanding workshop. Everyone was pleasant and welcoming.
I hope to come again in 2017 and would recommend to anyone interested in a workshop experience."