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IDRS 2nd Virtual Symposium, July 26-31, 2021 Learn More

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Established in December 1971, the International Double Reed Society (oboe and bassoon family), is a member-based organization made up of professional double reed players, amateurs, hobbyists, university/college instructors, music teachers, institutions, instrument manufacturers, double reed product retailers, reed makers, and enthusiasts. The society has over 3,000 members from 56 countries. Learn more about IDRS.

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Monica Ellis and Toyin Spellman-Diaz: An Interview (Part 1)

Ryan Romine | Winchester, Virginia

While Toyin Spellman-Diaz and Monica Ellis, oboist and bassoonist, respectively, of the widely acclaimed and wildly successful Imani Winds have not been performing nearly as much as they would like during this COVID-19 era, they have certainly managed to stay busy. Whether it be teaching masterclasses, speaking about the intersection of race and clas- sical music, consulting on IDRS commissions and hires, or promoting their group’s newest album, Bruits, they seem to be nearly everywhere all at once. Consummate artists and educators, they have made a twenty-four-year-and-counting career of sharing music and ideas with rapt audiences across the world. Recently, I was lucky enough to catch up with both Monica and Toyin via Zoom for this two-part interview about their lives, their careers, and everything in between.

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Grants of $1,000 each have been awarded to the commissioning of double reed music by composers who are women, Black, Indigenous, people of color, ethnic minorities, and/or gender non-conforming. We are proud to feature our winners and their compositions at our Virtual Symposium!

Our countdown to the 2021 Virtual Symposium continues! This week's #idrsThrowback50 goes to our 17th and 18th Annual Conferences!

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