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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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Our 27th Annual Conference in 1998 in Tempe, Arizona and was hosted by Martin Schuring and Jeffrey Lyman at Arizona State University. Please share your photos and stories with us! #idrsThrowback50 #idrs1998

#idrsThrowback50 to our 28th Annual Conference in 1999 in Madison, WI! Our host was Marc Fink & the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison. If you attended this conference, please share your stories with us!