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Texas Toot, Inc.
(formerly known as The Texas Early Music Festival)

Who We Are

The Texas Toot is a Texas-based non-profit devoted to early music education and performance, presenting two workshops each year. The Fall Texas Toot is a short weekend workshop with instruction in recorders, viols, early reeds, harp, lute, voice, and more. The Summer Texas Toot offers a one-week program of classes at all levels, focusing on Renaissance and Baroque music, but with offerings for Medieval and 21st century enthusiasts as well. Expert instructors in recorder, viol, early reeds, lute, harp, and voice will tend to young professionals, seasoned amateurs, and eager beginners with equal care. The Toot also sponsors or supports other events, including the Renaissance Polyphony Weekend.

42nd Annual Fall Toot
Nov 17 - 19, 2017

Registration is now officially closed, but we might be able to squeeze you in!

See the schedule of classes being offered at this Fall's Toot.

And here is the class selection form -- if you've already registered to attend the Toot, tell us what class you want each period!

Please make plans now to join us for the 2017 Fall Toot. For over forty years, we've been holding workshops and providing early music fun and learning for amateurs and aficionados alike! The Toot will be held once again at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas. As always, it's the weekend before Thanksgiving — Nov 17 - 19, 2017.

Our popular Bring-a-Friend tuition discount — invite a first-time participant to come to the Fall Toot, and get a 20% discount on your tuition! Or bring back a former Tooter who's been gone 5 or more years, and get a 10% tuition discount. Share the fun, and save! There will be an Early Bird discount on tuition, too, if you register by October 18, so be sure to get your registration and deposit in as soon as possible.

Full faculty bios, as well as pricing information and other details, can be seen (when available, in late August or early September) by clicking on the Fall Toot link on the left.

Or, to do this all on paper: print out this paper registration form, fill it out, and mail it to us. Come to the Toot for a great, affordable early music workshop experience!

Renaissance Polyphony Weekend - not in 2018
A message from RPW leaders Susan Scheib and Louise Delano..

Dear RPW Enthusiasts:

We bring sad tidings: RPW 2018 has been cancelled. There are several reasons, which together left us no choice.

  • Easter in 2018 is very early, limiting RPW to weekends before Feb. 14.
  • Bill Mahrt is scheduled for surgery in January.
  • We've not been able to secure a location for a January workshop.
  • Historically, RPWs held in January have had low attendance (too soon after Christmas perhaps?).

We know you are all disappointed, but "long-timers" will recall that RPW was cancelled once before when Bill had a mild heart attack and could not travel. Therefore, we should all look forward to attending RPW 2019!

If you have questions about the Polyphony Weekend, please e-mail us:

About the 2017 Summer Texas Toot

Summer Toot on hiatus for 2017

It is with great regret that we announce that there will be no Summer 2017 Texas Toot. We were informed shortly before Christmas that Concordia is unable or unwilling to allow us to schedule the Toot during one of the first few weeks in June. The only weeks available for the summer would be in August, a schedule that is not possible for our faculty, staff, or participants.

There is not time to find another venue for this year, so the Summer Toot will go on hiatus for 2017. The Fall Toot will steam ahead as always, Nov 17-19, 2017 at Lakeview near Palestine TX!

Two ways to support the Texas Toot:

(1) If you are an Amazon or Amazon Prime shopper, here is an easy way to support the Texas Toot: click this link and sign up for Amazon Smile. Just start your shopping from, and you'll be able to buy anything you could at regular Amazon -- and the Toot will benefit!

(2) Donate to the Texas Toot quickly and easily through PayPal! You need not have a PayPal account; they will securely process a payment from your own credit card (look for a Lock symbol, or the URL starting "https" to see that it is secured).

Your donation is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

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