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The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) was established in December 1971 as a world-wide organization of double reed (oboe and bassoon family) players, instrument manufacturers, and enthusiasts. The society has over 2,700 members from around the world. Within the United States, all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are represented.

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The Internet in the Age of Classical Music

William Short (New York, New York)

Amidst the negative rhetoric that surrounds most discussions of classical music’s future can be found a familiar refrain: New media in general, and the Internet in particular, are killing our art form. According to consultant and blogger Andy Doe, classical music is now in its eighth consecutive century of dying—an operatically slow death, to be sure. Yet for every story of an orchestra in trouble, we hear news of another that is achieving record-breaking attendance. For every time we hear that people no longer like classical music, we can find a story out of a major city detailing initiatives that are finding new audiences in exciting and innovative ways. While school music programs are being cut in many (but not all) places, extracurricular organizations are taking an increasingly important role in young people’s musical and social development.

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