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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.

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About the 24th Summer Texas Toot
May 26 - Jun 1, 2024

Glen Shannon, Annette Bauer,
and many more!

Join us for the next Summer Texas Toot at 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 trailhead right at the university, with a lovely 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.

More information on the 2024 Summer Toot is at your fingertips! just click on the Summer Toot link on the left.

48th Annual Fall Texas Toot
Nov 17 - 19, 2023
Frances Blaker and Jennifer Carpenter, recorders
Mary Springfels, viols —— Therese Honey, harp

We hope you will join us for the 2023 Fall Toot, with our usual excellent lineup of all-star faculty!

Our classes include an array of introductory and technique classes, small, one-on-a-part ensembles and larger mixed vocal and instrumental groups. The size of the workshop enables us to create classes for all levels of students, from those of modest skills to advanced players and singers.

The Toot once again takes place at the beautiful Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in East Texas. See the maps and directions page to learn more about where we'll be, how to get there, and so on.

In addition to classes, there will be a faculty concert, refreshments, and more.

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

IMPORTANT COVID-19 information for all registrants:

While it is exciting to return to playing together in person, we must recognize that the Covid-19 virus is still at large in our world. For that reason, the Fall Texas Toot requires the following of all students, staff, and faculty, regarding Covid-19:

Covid test results:
All attendees, at registration, must present a negative Covid test result obtained within the 48 hours prior to the start of the workshop. A photo of the test will suffice.

Come to the Toot for a great, affordable early music workshop experience! We look forward to welcoming you to our Texas Tradition!

An easy way to support the Texas Toot, any time of year!
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 Amazon Smile program was discontinued in March 2023. Thanks to those of you who used this program to support the Texas Toot for the past 10 years!)

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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