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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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Betty Johnson: Midwest Pioneer of the Bassoon

Anna Resnick | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

A couple of months after I started beginning band in seventh grade, my director came to me and told me she had asked a very special person to give me lessons at school. This was how I met Betty Johnson (or Ms. J, as her students called her). My director told me she was a legend and known as the “Grandmother of the Bassoon.” Betty was teaching at her longtime position and alma mater of Oklahoma City University (OCU), a school known for its music and theater programs, but she would come to my school once a week and teach me everything about the bassoon. In our lessons, we talked about reed making right from the start, and she was a stickler when it came to posture and breathing. Her friendly and warm personality, combined with humor and spice, made me a believer. I loved her instantly.

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IDRS is proud to support members researching and performing all double reed music, past and present, and we were so thrilled to welcome back the IDRS Baroque Band in person this summer!

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