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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.

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The Fall Toot Online!
Nov 20-22, 2020

November 21 and 22, 2020
Registration Now Open!

November 20-22

Directed by: Danny Johnson and Susan Richter
Mary Springfels, Frances Blaker, Tish Berlin, Jennifer Carpenter, Peter Maund, Saskia Coolen, Annette Bauer, Sarah Mead, Christa Patton, Ros Morley, Patricia Ann Neely, Priscilla Herreid.

Click here to see the complete list of classes
Click here to register!

Register for any number of sessions - classes are $25 per session. After you register, you will receive an email with a link to a webpage for each class, where you can access music and any other class materials, along with the Zoom session link (which will be added 24 hours before the class). Workshop pitch is A = 440.
Class sessions are offered using the Zoom meeting app, or your web browser. Class sessions run 90 minutes, with 15 minutes for introductions and last minute tech help, and 75 minutes of class time. New to Zoom? Join us on Friday afternoon for a Zoom Tutorial session.

Click on the Fall Toot link in the left menu to see more details, including all the classes offered and the schedule. Thanks a million to Amherst Early Music for making this Online Toot possible!

We're not sure what the coming year will bring, but we hope there will be joyous celebration of playing together in person once again! If not, then at least (necessity being the mother of invention) enterprising people have made great leaps in technology, letting us come virtually together to play the music we love.

For over forty years, we've been holding workshops and providing early music fun and learning for amateurs and aficionados alike! The Fall Toot is normally held at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas.

28th Renaissance Polyphony Weekend
February 21 - 23, 2020

New location: St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Richardson, Texas

Image of chant music   Music to be prepared:
Motets for the Church Year
by Jacob Handl (Jacobus Gallus)

For more complete details about this year's workshop, see the brochure — or click on the Polyphony Weekend link in the left-hand menu.

Workshop leader: Dr. William P. Mahrt, of Stanford University (California).

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

About the 21st Summer Texas Toot

Summer Toot 2020 is Cancelled

It should come as no surprise given the current situation with COVID-19, but we are still saddened to announce that we are canceling the 2020 Summer Toot. We looked forward to working with our new venue, Schreiner University, and they have been very gracious every step of the way. We will return deposits to those who had registered.

We hope 2021 brings the first Schreiner University Texas Toot.

Stay safe,
David Podeschi -- President, Toot Board

Below is what we had planned for this year...

Nina Stern, Wendy Gillespie,
Frances Blaker, and Mary Springfels

Photo of Nina Stern Photo of Wendy Gillespie
Photo of Frances Blaker Photo of Mary Springfels

Please join us for the 2020 Summer Texas Toot ... "more than recorders"! We are very excited about our new home for the Summer Toot: Schreiner University, in Kerrville, Texas! Nestled in the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, Schreiner's campus provides all the classrooms, concert spaces, housing, and meals that you expect as part of the Toot experience. But there is much more!

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, in this small city right on the Guadalupe River. For walkers, the 5-mile public River Trail ( will have a brand-new trailhead right at the university, with a beer garden planned for completion in April 2020! For the non-walkers among us, freely available parking lots around the campus make it easier to move from housing to dining to classrooms.

As always, we'll have outstanding faculty members teaching recorder, viol, lute, harp, and other instruments, as well as voice and ensembles.

Here are two easy ways to support the Texas Toot, any time of year!

(1) If you are an Amazon or Amazon Prime shopper: click here to sign up for Amazon Smile. Then, just start your shopping from, and the Toot will benefit from almost everything you buy — at no extra cost to you!

(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.

Press the Donate button below to go to the Paypal site; enter your payment information and the amount to give once you are on their secure site (look for a Lock symbol, or the URL starting "https" to see that it is secured).

The Texas Toot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, organized "to promote the preservation and performance of early music by amateur musicians with voice and reproductions of period instruments". Donations to the Texas Toot are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law, and you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

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