We deeply regret to announce that the 2020 IDRS conference in Iowa City has been canceled due to concerns about the safety of conference participants.
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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 3,000 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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James Dean Mackey and his Boehm-System Bassoon

Will Peebles | Cullowhee, North Carolina

The bassoon collection of the late K. David Van Hoesen (1926-2016), professor of bassoon at the Eastman School of Music, included an enigmatic Boehm-influenced bassoon (Fig. 1).2 The only identifying marks are an engraved name of Mackey and the date 1935 (Fig. 2), two small plates that identify it as being in Ef , and a rectangular label reminiscent of a bumper sticker with the legend: “Experimental Bassoon/Started in 1935/Finished in 1964?” Inside the case is a fingering chart printed on photographic paper titled “Bassoon E.Flat Boehm System.” Who was this Mackey and how did he come to make this unusual instrument?

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A Retrospective in Pictures

Photos by Eduardo Nogueroles

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Our upcoming 1st Virtual Symposium has been scheduled for July 27-31, 2020! This online celebration will be hosted on http://idrs.org and will be free to the public. We will have more information next month about the schedule of online events. #IDRStogether

The publishing Bassus Ediciones has just published two pieces by the 19th century Spanish clarinetist & oboist Antonio Romero. One is a piece for oboe & piano dedicated to Enrique Marzo, & the other are 26 duets for two bassoons.