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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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Featured 2020 Iowa Artists

IDRS 1st Virtual Symposium | July 27-31, 2020

The Double Reed Vol. 43 No. 2 has been made public in its entirety until August 17th as part of the events taking place on idrs.org for our 1st Virtual Symposium.

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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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It's an #idrsThrowback50 to celebrate our upcoming 50th anniversary year. Even though we couldn't attend this year, we would like to kick off these posts and honor the incredible conference our #IDRS2020 hosts Benjamin Coelho & Courtney Miller had planned in Iowa City, Iowa.

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We are excited to announce applications for IDRS Double Reed Oboe Editor are now open. Interested candidates must submit all of the materials by October 6. View the full job details at https://www.idrs.org/job-openings/.