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The Benefic Chamber Music Camp will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from July 23 through July 31. Double Reed faculty includes: Dwight Perry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Leonid Sirotkin, assistant professor of oboe at DePauw University; and Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon at Ball State University. For more information: www.BeneficMusic.com: info@beneficmusic.com: 513.374.4577

The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University seeks an exceptional teacher and performer of bassoon. This is a full time, tenure track faculty position in the Schwob School of Music within Columbus State University’s College of the Arts and will hold the academic rank of Assistant Professor. For more information, see [click]

Dark in the Song announces the first NewBassoon Workshop, a four-day event July 6-9, 2016 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Four leading American bassoon artists and teachers, Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay and Saxton Rose, all members of the pioneering bassoon collective Dark in the Song, present a four-day workshop on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques, and pedagogy. This session is designed for college students and above. Participants will work closely with the faculty in a variety of settings, including lessons, master classes, and ensembles. The event also includes faculty and student performances, exhibits, a performance competition, and a composition prize.
Register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

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The entire workshop takes place at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • Performance master classes and private lessons by Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay, and Saxton Rose
  • Special guest John Hunt, Professor of Bassoon, Eastman School of Music
  • Discussion / demonstration on new trends in chamber music
  • Workshop on multiphonics led by guest Jamie Leigh Sampson, author of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics
  • Workshops on contemporary bassoon literature and techniques, including circular breathing
  • Panel discussion on grant writing, commissioning, and entrepreneurial activities for performers
  • Performance and presentation on performing the Berio Sequenza
  • Performance / demonstration on performing with various electronic systems including live looping
  • Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes, an hour-long work for seven bassoons
  • Faculty recital of solo and chamber works for bassoon by Dark in the Song including the premiere of the 2016 Composition Prize winning piece
  • The Dark in the Song Performance Competition Final Round

SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, July 6 at 12pm: Welcome and Introductions, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm: Faculty recital, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Thursday, July 7 at 9:00am: Final Round of the Performance Competition, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm: Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes
  • Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm: Participants and competition winners recital, Hatch Recital Hall

EXHIBITS

Midwest Musical Imports will exhibit bassoons, accessories, reeds and cane, tools and machines for sale and trial for the duration of the workshop. Repair technician Eric Anderson will also offer free repairs.

COSTS and HOUSING

Tuition for the four-day workshop, including all activities and concerts is $550. You can register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

Housing at the Eastman Student Living Center is available. Information about housing and local hotels.

I am very pleased to announce that Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, has agreed to serve as Artistic Advisor to the IDRS in its 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project.  In this capacity, Maestro Gilbert will be working with the Executive Committee in identifying composers for the three works (oboe concerto/concertino, bassoon concerto/concertino and oboe, bassoon, piano trio) that will be commissioned for the 50th anniversary of our society.  Many thanks to Jeff Rathbun and Lenny Hindell who spearheaded the effort to have Maestro Gilbert join us in this project.

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Keith Sweger
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306-0410

President, International Double Reed Society
sweger@idrs.org

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

Saxton Rose
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The eighth annual Young Artist Competition was held this summer for bassoonists at the IDRS conference at the The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception in 2008, the Young Artist Competition gives double-reed artists under the age of 22 the opportunity to compete, and like the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition, it alternates each year between oboists and bassoonists. The IDRS sponsored competitions showcase the amazing talent in our double-reed communities throughout the world and this year was no different.

Three finalists and one alternate were chosen based on recordings submitted by 41 applicants from all over the world. These recordings were anonymously adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges including Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), and Alban Wesly (Netherlands). The finalists were Valeria Curti of Switzerland, a student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst, Geng Liang of Singapore, a student of Zhang Jin Min and Song Zhi Hong, and Kaspar Reh of Germany, a student of Selim Aykal and Frank Forst. Mathieu Brunet of France was chosen as the alternate.

Valeria, Geng and Kaspar competed on August 17th, playing selections from the following repertoire: The first movement of Koželuh’s Concerto in C Major, the third movement Molto Adagio and Allegro Moderato of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, four of Mignone’s Waltzes for Solo Bassoon including Pattapiada, Apanhei-te meu fagotinho (Valsa paródia), A Boa Páscoa Para Você Devos! and Valsa-Choro, and Franz Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26 movement I, Molto Andante, arranged by Masahito Tanaka.

This is a unique year in the history of the Young Artist Competition. Tojo Shigeko, the wife of the late Masahito Tanaka generously donated ¥300,000 Japanese Yen for a special prize to be awarded to the performer of the jury’s favorite performance of Tanaka’s arrangement of Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.

After deliberating, our extraordinary final round judges Sophie Dartigalongue (France), Albi Michlich (USA) and Koji Okasaki (Japan), chose Valeri Curti as the winner. She received a cash award of $4000 USD. Kaspar Reh was awarded second prize and a $2500 USD award. Third prize and $1000 USD went to Geng Liang. Valeri Curti also received the Tanaka prize.

The level of playing was truly remarkable and each of the finalists and their teachers should be applauded for the enormous amount of work and dedication, the result of which we were privileged to hear. Valeri performed the Doppler and Saint Saens on an evening recital Tuesday, August 18th. I would like to thank pianist Miyuki Washimiya for her beautiful playing throughout the conference and her exceptional accompaniment work during the competition.

As with all IDRS endeavors, the Young Artist Competition is the collective, volunteered effort of many people contributing in countless ways. I must thank Competitions Coordinator Eric Stomberg and Norma Hooks, IDRS Executive Secretary/ Treasurer, for their incalculable time and invaluable council and expertise. Thank you also to conference host Sugawara Hitomi and the conference staff for their organizational assistance.

Next year’s competition, coordinated by Geralyn Giovannetti, will feature oboists and will take place at IDRS 2016 in Columbus, Georgia at Columbus State University. Bassoonists can look forward to the 2017 competition at the conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester invites applications for an Artist/Teacher of Bassoon, beginning in the fall semester 2016. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates must have established a successful performing career, in addition to a proven record of successful recruiting and teaching of outstanding students in a conservatory or university music school.

Responsibilities: Teach applied-music majors (undergraduate and graduate); maintain international standing as a performing artist and teacher; secondary responsibilities possible depending on applicant’s area(s) of expertise.

Review of applications begins on December 1, 2015. To receive full consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recordings, and three current letters of recommendation from prominent performers/teachers with the subject Bassoon Search via attachment to bassoonsearch@esm.rochester.edu

The Eastman School of Music seeks to create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. We encourage applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity in higher education. We are an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourage applications from groups underrepresented in higher education.

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 36th annual Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox performance competition being held for bassoonists during the 2016 annual conference, June 26-30 at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia (USA). The competition is for bassoonists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (June 29, 2016). Application details will be available on January 1, 2016. Any questions can be addressed to Saxton Rose, Competition Chair, at roses@uncsa.edu.

Competition Repertoire:
1. Isang Yun, Monologue

2. Bernhard Crusell, Concertino in B-flat major
For the preliminary round recording, begin with the cadenza at measure 51

3. Antoine Dard, Opus 2 Sonata VI in a minor
No repeats in movement II Allegro

4. Robert Schumann, Fantasiestücke op. 73
Movements II and III only, all repeats

The final round will consist of selections from all of the above works. The winner of the competition will perform the Crusell Concertino with orchestra at the conference.

The Members of the 2015 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon Committee are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s competition:

Finalists:
Valeria Curti, SWITZERLAND
Student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst

Geng Liang, SINGAPORE
Student of Zhang Jin Min, Song Zhi Hong

Kaspar Reh, GERMANY
Student of Selim Aykal, Frank Forst

Alternate:
Mathieu Brunet, FRANCE
Student of Jean-Louis Estier, Carlo Colombo, Jean Pignoly

The finalists will compete at the IDRS Conference on August 18th, in Tokyo Japan. The Members of the YAC Committee and the Officers of the Executive Committee are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and expertise of the preliminary round judging panel. Members of the panel were:

Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), principal bassoonist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona

Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), principal bassoonist of NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Alban Wesly (Netherlands), founding member of Calefax Quintet and bassoonist of musikFabrik

We are pleased to announce the preliminary round judges for the 2015 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon.

  • Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), principal bassoonist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona
  • Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), principal bassoonist of NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
  • Alban Wesly (Netherlands), founding member of Calefax Quintet and bassoonist of musikFabrik

We thank these judges on the difficult task ahead. Finalists for both the YAC and Gillet-Fox competition for oboe will be announced May 1.

The US Navy Fleet Band has immediate opening in BASSOON

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