Ancient Instrument Hoard visits Veritas classrooms

On May 24th I visited Veritas School in Newberg, Oregon, to share musical instruments from the Middle Ages and Renaissance with the students.

The instruments I brought along to share were:

Renaissance Recorders

Tenor and Bass Krummhorns

Soprano Schryarpfief

5 String Medieval Fiddle (Vielle, Fidel)

Bass Rebec

Bass Viola da Gamba


Virginal (Muselar)

Clavichord (after Urbino)


This was my third visit to this school, for teaching or performance purposes.  As ever, I found the students extremely polite and attentive, and was pleased by the many intelligent and thoughtful questions I was asked, about the instruments, the music, or the history connected to both.


I applaud the high level of musical culture fostered at Veritas School, under the visionary guidance of Sally Mehler, and thank her and the students for inviting me back.  I look forward to future visits there.

-Jacob Breedlove


Rag on a Stick Theatre Makes a May Day Appearance

The Rag on a Stick Theatre was joined by two members of the Orchestra of the Moon, Aage Nielson and Laura Kuhlman, April 30th and May 1st, in Carnation, Washington. Together they performed a revival of Why the Sea is Salt, a puppet play based on an ancient Scandinavian story about the use, and misuse, of technology.

The venue was the remarkable Camlann Medieval Village, a Living History Interpretive Center.

They also performed music  and played for dancers around the May Pole.

The program, minus the Maypole, will be performed again June 25 and 26.


Here we see Brother Aage before the stage of Why the Sea is Salt.  Through the doorway you can see the mill.  The front of the stage is painted with an image of Dama Fortuna (not seen in this image) and the wheel of Fortune.  (Fortuna Rota).