Recorder Faculty

Vicki Boeckman, week I
Louise Carslake, week II
Cléa Galhano, week II
Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II, Recorder Orchestra week I
Gayle Neumann, week I
Phil Neumann, week I
Farley Pearce, week I
Nina Stern, week II
Anne Timberlake, week II
Hanneke van Proosdij, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II, Recorder Orchestra week II


Vicki Boeckman, week I

boeckman vicki picVicki Boeckman is an active and passionate performer of all styles of music and plays all sizes of recorders. Her travels and performances have taken her across the United States as well as Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland and Germany.

In the Pacific Northwest, Vicki is a returning soloist with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra and has performed with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera and Philharmonia Northwest Orchestra. She is a regular guest with the Medieval Women’s Choir led by Margriet Tindemans and the Gallery Concerts Series.

In great demand as a teacher of the recorder and related performance practices, Vicki coaches and teaches at workshops and seminars all over the United States and in British Columbia.

She was the recorder in-residence at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 2005 and 2010.

She is the new Artistic Director for the Port Townsend Early Music Workshop and is the Music Director for the Portland Recorder Society. Vicki has been on the faculty of the Music Center of the Northwest in Seattle since 2005, and she is the resident recorder teacher for the 3rd grade recorder program at West Woodland Elementary, along with colleague Darlene Franz. She is also on the faculty for the newly launched early music program at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Vicki taught at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen for 12 years, and at the Ishøj Municipal School of Music for 23 years. She co-founded a regional recorder youth orchestra which continues to flourish and grow in Denmark. Her students from the Royal Academy are all now professional performers and teachers passing on the tradition. She was also co-founder of two Danish-based ensembles: Opus 4, and Wood’N’Flutes and continues to perform with both of these ensembles.

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Louise Carslake, week II

carslake louise picLouise Carslake is well known to Bay Area audiences as a performer on the baroque flute and the recorder. She is a member of the baroque ensemble Music’s Re-creation, the Farallon Recorder Quartet, Magnificat, and the Jubilate Orchestra. She has performed widely in her native Britain, as well as in New Zealand, Poland, Ireland, China and the Netherlands. As a recording artist, Louise has made has made CDs for the Meridian, Centaur, Magnatune, Intrada, and Musical Heritage labels, and has appeared on radio and television internationally.

In addition to her performing activities, Louise teaches early music performance on the faculty at Mills College, and coaches baroque flute at U.C. Berkeley. She is a popular workshop leader for the American Recorder Society, and is a co-founder of the Bay Area’s Junior Recorder Society. Louise holds the graduate diploma in flute from Trinity College of Music, London, and the diploma for baroque flute performance from the Arnhem Conservatory in the Netherlands, where her teacher was Wilbert Hazelzet.  She also studied baroque music performance practice with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

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Cléa Galhano, week II

galhano clea picBrazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician.

Among other important music festivals, Galhano has performed at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Tage Alter Music Festival in Germany, Wigmore Hall in London, Merkin Hall in New York, and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome. Galhano was featured in the Second International Recorder Congress in Leiden, Holland in 2006, at the International Recorder Conference in Montreal in 2007, and at the American Recorder Festival in 2012. She gave her Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.

Galhano studied at Faculdade Santa Marcelina in Brazil, at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands, and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, earning a Fulbright scholarship and support from the Dutch government.

A popular teacher and ensemble director, Galhano regularly conducts workshops across the United States, Europe and Brazil. Currently, Galhano is the Executive Artistic Director of the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music and she is on the faculty of Macalester College. Galhano has seven recordings available on Dorian, Ten Thousand Lakes and Eldorado labels.

An advocate of recorder music and educational initiatives, Galhano has served for six years on the national board of the American Recorder Society and has been featured at Suzuki and AOSA conferences. She is also the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest.

Galhano has obtained numerous grants in Minnesota, including a 2013 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Fellowship and Cultural Community Partnership Grant, a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant, as well as others.

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Rotem Gilbert, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II, Recorder Orchestra week I

gilbert rotem picRotem Gilbert, recorder and double reeds, is a native of Haifa, Israel, and a founding member of Ciaramella. As a member of Piffaro (1996-2007), she toured the United States, Europe and South America. Rotem has appeared with many American and European early music ensembles, including Chatham Baroque, The King’s Noyse, The Newberry Consort and Capilla Flamenca, and has been featured as a soloist for the Pittsburgh Opera (L’incoronazione di Poppea), the LA Opera (Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, Handel’s Tamerlano, and the Play of Daniel), and Musica Angelica (Brandenburg No. 4 and a Telemann Concerto). Last season she performed as soloist in an all-Handel program with the LA Philharmonic, as she did in earlier concerts, including Living Toys by Thomas Adès and The Flowering Tree by John Adams.

After studies on recorder at Mannes College of Music in New York, Rotem earned her solo diploma from the Scuola Civica di Musica of Milan where she studied with Pedro Memelsdorff. She earned her doctorate in Early Music performance practice at Case Western Reserve University. She is an assistant professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches baroque and Renaissance performance practice courses and is an instructor of early winds. Rotem received the 2012 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at USC. She has been a regular faculty member of early music workshops in San Diego, Seattle, Madison, Amherst, and Ayala (Israel) and is currently the co-director of the SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Rotem can be heard on the Deutsche Grammophon’s Archiv, Passacaille, Musica Americana, Dorian, Naxos and Yarlung labels.

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Gayle Neumann, week I

Gayle Stuwe Neuman, a performer on violin, recorder, sackbut, and many other instruments, is also a vocalist who has received international acclaim for her renditions of the “Song of Seikilos”, the “Chorus from Orestes”, and others upon the release of Ensemble De Organographia’s “Music of the Ancient Greeks”, now in its seventh pressing. Several of the tracks from that recording have also appeared in the Norton Scores CD Anthology and numerous films and television programs. She has performed for audiences in the U.S., Japan, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Canada, Norway, Germany, and for members of the royal family in Jordan.

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Gayle and Phil Neumann.

She cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, now in its 17th season. Gayle is a member of the Trail Band and performs with Cappella Romana and the Portland Baroque Orchestra Chorus. She has played under the baton of Monica Huggett and Ton Koopman. She teaches Recorder and Renaissance Song Classes at Portland’s Community Music Center, and Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Music History at Marylhurst University. She has given workshops and presentations at many institutions including Oberlin Conservatory, Rice University, Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Getty Museum. She has built with her husband Philip over 400 early wind and stringed instruments, including crumhorns, corna musen, racketts, and vielles.

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Phil Neumann, week I

Philip Neuman, a performer on recorder, sackbut, and numerous other wind and string instruments, cofounded and co-directs the Oregon Renaissance Band, which has performed for the Regensburg Early Music Festival and recorded the cd “Carnevale.” He has produced and recorded seven cds for Pandourion Records including “French Music of the 14th Century,” “Music of the Ancient Greeks,” and “The One Horse Open Sleigh.” He has written and recorded for productions by Oregon Public Broadcasting. He has played for audiences on three continents, including performances at several ancient theatre sites in Greece.

He has taught Recorder, Renaissance Winds, and Loud Band Classes at the Community Music Center in Portland since 1981. He teaches Counterpoint and Orchestration at the University of Portland and Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Music History at Marylhurst University. Philip is a member of the Trail Band, has performed under the baton of Christopher Hogwood and Nicolas McGeegan, recorded with the American Bach Soloists, and has played in the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Chicago Chorale, Handel & Haydn Society Orchestra, and Spiritus Collective. He has composed, arranged and transcribed over a thousand works for recorder ensemble, brass ensemble, and symphonic wind ensemble, including “Theme and Variations” that won 1st place in the San Francisco Recorder Composition Competition.

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Farley Pearce, week I

pearce farley picFarley Pearce is a performer on both the various sizes of viola da gamba and the baroque cello. As a cellist he has performed widely in the South-Eastern region of the US, most notably with the Spoleto Festival, with whom he has also played in Italy. For five years he was a member of the Charleston Pro Musica, and he has performed as a recitalist in Brazil and Uruguay. Since moving to San Francisco Farley has been an active freelance performer with many of California’s orchestras and chamber ensembles. In the Bay Area, he has performed on viola da gamba, violone, and baroque cello with Magnificat, the Jubilate Baroque Orchestra, the Sex Chordæ Consort of Viols, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Airs and Graces, and many other period instrument groups.
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Nina Stern, week II

stern nina picNina Stern is one of North America’s leading performers of the recorder and classical clarinet. In recent years she is also being hailed as an innovator in teaching school-age children to be fine young musicians.

A native New Yorker, Ms. Stern studied with Jeanette van Wingerden and Hans-Rudolf Stalder at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where she received a soloist’s Degree. From Basel, she moved to Milan, Italy where she was offered a teaching position at the Civica Scuola di Musica.

Ms. Stern performs regularly as soloist or principal player with prestigious ensembles such as The New York Collegium, New York City Opera, The New York Philharmonic, Concert Royal, Philharmonia Baroque, American Classical Orchestra and Boston Baroque, She has also appeared with Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, L’Orchestra della Scala (Milan), I Solisti Veneti, Hesperion XX and Taffelmusik.

Her numerous festival appearances have included performances under leading conductors such as Christopher Hogwood, Trevor Pinnock, Claudio Scimone, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Jane Glover, Bruno Weil, Ton Koopman, Andrew Parrot and Jordi Savall.

She has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Sony Classics, Newport Classics, Wildboar, Telarc and Smithsonian labels.

Ms. Stern is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music where she directed the Historical Performance Program from 1989 to 1996. She has taught at the Five Colleges in Western Massachusetts and was twice a visiting professor at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Stern has been on the faculties of numerous workshops throughout the United States and in Europe.

Ms. Stern also serves as Director of Education for the New York Collegium, where she is co-founder of a successful hands-on music teaching project in inner city public school classrooms. This project involves instruction to entire classrooms on recorder and percussion, as well intensive after school instruction that includes classical guitar. With the support of their classroom teachers, over 250 New York City public school students now participate in weekly or twice weekly instruction.

The Washington Post applauded this program as a model in its “innovation in the classroom” series (Nov. 9, 2003). For this important work, Ms. Stern was awarded an Endicott Fellowship in 2003 and was honored in 2005 with the “Early Music Brings History Alive” Award, bestowed by Early Music America.

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Anne Timberlake, week II

timberlake anne picAnne Timberlake has appeared across the United States performing repertoire from Bach to twenty-first-century premieres to Celtic tunes. She holds degrees in recorder performance from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alison Melville, and Indiana University, where she studied with Eva Legene and won the 2007 Early Music Institute Concerto Competition. Critics have praised her “fine technique and stylishness,” “unexpectedly rich lyricism” (Letter V), and “dazzling playing” (Chicago Classical Review).

Anne has received awards from the American Recorder Society and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study recorder performance in Belgium. With Musik Ekklesia, Anne has recorded for the Sono Luminus label.

Anne is a founding member of the ensemble Wayward Sisters, specializing in music of the early baroque. In 2011, Wayward Sisters won Early Music America’s Naxos Recording Competition. In addition, The Newberry Consort presented Wayward Sisters as Emerging Artists during the 2010-2011 concert season.

Anne enjoys teaching as well as playing. In addition to maintaining a private studio, Anne has coached through Indiana University’s Pre-College Recorder Program, the Virginia Baroque Performance Institute, Mountain Collegium, Catacoustic Consort’s community recorder program, and for numerous American Recorder Society chapters.

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Hanneke van Proosdij, Workshop Co-Director, weeks I and II, Recorder Orchestra week II

van proosdij hanneke picHanneke van Proosdij is renowned for the elegance, virtuosity, and expressiveness of her playing. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo specialist with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Festspiel Orchester Goettingen and Voices of Music. She has appeared regularly with Hesperion XX, Concerto Palatino, Magnificat, American Bach Soloists, Concerto Köln, Chanticleer, the Dallas Symphony, Gewandhaus Orchester and the Arcadian Academy. Together with her husband, David Tayler, Hanneke co-founded and co-directs Voices of Music. With over ten million viewers worldwide, Voices of Music is the most popular Early Music ensemble in the United States. She also is a co-founder of the Junior Recorder Society in the East Bay and directs, together with Rotem Gilbert, the SFEMS Recorder Workshop. Hanneke teaches recorder at UC Berkeley and has been a guest professor at Stanford, Oberlin, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, University of Wisconsin and the University of Vermont. Hanneke enjoys reading books, downhill skiing and hiking.

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