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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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About the 22nd Summer Texas Toot

Summer Toot 2022 registration is open!

May 29 - Jun 4, 2022


Deborah Booth, Jennifer Carpenter,
Mary Springfels, Al Cofrin, and Therese Honey

We are SOOOO excited to be planning the first in-person Summer Toot in 3 years! The last one was in 2019, and we have sorely missed seeing all of our Toot friends during that time. Zoom is wonderful, and we are grateful to Amherst Early Music for hosting online Toots — but to be in person again!!

We are especially excited to introduce our new home for the Summer Toot: the campus of 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 ( has a brand-new trailhead right at the university, with a newly completed beer garden! For the non-walkers among us, freely available parking lots around the campus make it easier to move from housing to dining to classrooms.

The Toot requires that all faculty, staff, and participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

More information on the 2022 Summer Toot is at your fingertips! just click on the Summer Toot link on the left.

Online registration for the 2022 Summer Toot is now open!

45th Annual Fall Toot

Plans are underway for our first in-person Fall Toot since 2019. We don't have any details yet, but it is definitely our intention to have a great reunion of all our Fall Toot friends, faculty, and fun!

Come to the Toot for a great, affordable early music workshop experience!

28th Renaissance Polyphony Weekend

RPW is cancelled for 2022.

We regret to inform you all that there will not be a 2022 RPW. The uncertainties caused by the still-ongoing pandemic is the primary reason, of course. It impacts our ability to secure a venue for rehearsals and presentation of the Mass. It also impacts those who would like to attend this unique workshop, but none of us wants to put self, family, or friends at potential risk.

RPW 2023? It is impossible to know at this time what the future holds, but we will keep you apprised.

If you have questions about the Polyphony Weekend, including updates on plans for future years, please e-mail us:

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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