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A special music venue in Inner Southeast-- of which many have not heard -- honors a couple of their own

DAVID F. ASHTON - Community Music Center Executive Director Greg Dubay presents a certificate of appreciation to 40-year instructors, Gayle and Phil Neuman. The auditorium of Portland Parks & Recreation's Community Music Center (CMC), in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, was filled with some 60 people – including guests and musicians – shortly before the coronavirus crisis descended on Inner Southeast. They were there for a concert, and also to celebrate the 40 years of teaching by two of its instructors.

"Although I was a music student here at CMC when Gayle and Phil Neuman started teaching here in 1980, I didn't take classes with them, because they teach adult classes only," recalled the Center's Executive Director, Greg Dubay. "They teach Renaissance music – including that played with recorders, and a whole bunch of stringed instruments and wind instruments with somewhat crazy names, like 'the racket' and the 'sausage bassoon', as well as the crumhorn or sackbut – that one was a brass musical instrument that, by the 1750s, was developing into the modern trombone!"

Officially, the event was the quarterly "CMC Recorder, Renaissance Song, and Wind Band Classes' 40th Anniversary Concert". But before the music began, Dubay presented a certificate to Gayle and Phil Neuman.

Dubay called the couple, "National treasures of the Community Music Center, having inspired hundreds of adults from the greater Portland area in the art and practice of playing early music together."

He pointed out that in addition to teaching classes at the center, they also teach music history at Portland State University, Linfield College, and other institutions. And, together, they have both performed music used in motion pictures and television shows.

The honored couple graciously accepted the award, and then the scheduled concert began. Portland's venerable Community Music Center is situated one block south of S.E. Powell Boulevard, at 33rd Place.


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