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Mark your calendars!  The next Port Townsend Early Music Workshop is back in person for 2023. It will be held July 9-15, 2023.  Once again the workshop will take place at the lovely University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. This will be the 40th anniversary year of the founding of the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop.

Our splendid faculty will include renowned Dutch recorder virtuosa Eva Legene, Brazilian energy ball Cléa Galhano, the scholarly and handsome Mark Davenport, beloved Seattle departees Miyo Aoki and Jonathan Oddie, long time viol favorite David Morris, and multi-talented viol and renaissance double reed player Malachai Bandy, whose name may be new to some, but not for long!  Check back here in the spring of 2023 for further details and information about signing up.

The Port Townsend Early Music Workshop was founded by Music Director Emeritus Peter Seibert in 1983. It initially took place at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, from whence it got its name. It now occurs in July of odd-numbered years in Tacoma, WA, on the campus of the University of Puget Sound.

This week-long workshop combines comfortable accommodations and delicious meals in a beautiful setting to create a space where musicians can eliminate distractions as they dive into music and camaraderie. It 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.

Other workshop opportunities

In addition to the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop, the Seattle Recorder Society also offers the Fall Fipple Flute Forum in the fall of even-numbered years. The Recorder Orchestra of Puget Sound brings together recorder players from around the region for the opportunity to play in a larger ensemble with focus on a few pieces of music.

There are workshops offered across the country, by organizations including the Portland Recorder Society, the San Francisco Early Music Society, Amherst Early Music, and several others. Additional information about these workshops can be found in our Recorder Notes Section and on the American Recorder Society website.