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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.

About the 18th Summer Texas Toot

June 12-18, 2016

Cléa Galhano, Therese Honey,
Mary Springfels, and Peter Maund

Photo of Clé Galhano Photo of Therese Honey
Photo of Mary Springfels Photo of Peter Maund

Please join us for the 2016 Summer Texas Toot ... "more than recorders"! The beautiful campus of Concordia University will once again be our home. And as always, we'll have outstanding faculty members teaching viol, reeds, lute, harp, and other instruments, as well as voice and ensembles.

More information on the 2016 Summer Toot is at your fingertips! just click on the Summer Toot link on the left.

40th Annual Fall Toot
Nov 20 - 22, 2015

This year's Fall Toot is dedicated to the memory of Tom Zajac, who provided us all with inspiration, fascinating classes, and glorious music for many years. His death on August 31, 2015, leaves a void in the early music world, but also and especially in the hearts of those who came to know, admire and love him through workshops like the Texas Toot. We miss you, Tom.

Please make plans now to join us for the 2015 Fall Toot. It's the FORTIETH Fall Toot — come help us celebrate one of the longest-running workshops in the country! The Toot will be held once again at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center near Palestine, Texas. As always, it's the weekend before Thanksgiving — Nov 20-22, 2015.

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 20, 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.

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

25th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend
January 29 - 31, 2016
New location: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 3815 Oaklawn Ave., Dallas, Texas

Portrait of Tomas Luis de Victoria   Music to be prepared: Tomás Luis de Victoria's Missa Quam pulchra sunt, along with related motets and Gregorian chant.

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

Take note that this year's retreat comes earlier in the year than most previous retreats. Please make your January plans AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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

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

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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