Topic: Moderator Bios

Paul Barrett has served as  Principal Bassoonist with the Honolulu Symphony and Lecturer in Bassoon at the University of Hawaii since 1977. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, he also attended the  Eastman School of Music and the Interlochen Arts Academy. His primary bassoon teachers include George Goslee, Norman Herzberg, K. David van Hoesen & Gerald Corey.  At the age of 17, he served as second bassoonist with the Louisville Orchestra for the 1972-73 season.Mr. Barrett is married to HSO Assistant Concertmaster Judy Barrett. The Barrett family  includes son Colin, 20 and daughter Meghan, 17, and four poodles.

Bill Dawson, MD is Associate Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery at Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He has authored more than 125 scientific articles, books, textbook chapters and abstracts about musicians' problems. He has presented numerous lectures, seminars and clinics on performing arts medicine topics in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. Bill currently is principal bassoonist of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Community Orchestra of the Music Institute of Chicago. He plays a variety of super-low instruments and teaches bassoon privately at several Chicago area high schools. His bassoon teachers have included Samuel Jordan and Willard Elliot.

Neville Forsythe teaches bassoon and other woodwind in Christchurch (NZ) Secondary Schools. A music educator since 1970, he has held a number of advisory committee and administrative positions. Former Principal bassoonist with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra and Notturno Wind Ensemble, he also taught Bassoon at Canterbury University. The Christchurch School of Music (CSM), is an important part of his musical life, where he directs training orchestra, CSM Sinfonia, the Christchurch Youth Recorder Ensemble and teaches bassoon and contra-bassoon. He is also a founding member of new music ensemble Silencio, combining free improvisation, jazz and conventional styles.

Yoshiyuki (Yoshi) Ishikawa is professor of bassoon at the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music. His performance activities include solo and chamber music recitals and master class presentations in Asia, Europe, Eastern Europe, South America and the South Pacific. Ishikawa has served as a judge and advisor for several international competitions, including the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox and the Tokyo Wind and Brass competitions. He is the editor of online publications for IDRS, and is the Administrator of the Forum. Previously, Ishikawa served as the president of IDRS.

Dwight Manning is a teacher educator and administrator at Teachers College, Columbia University. He was previously oboe professor at the University of Georgia, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and in Australia and can be heard on the ACA, Atlantic, Capricorn, and MSR Classics labels. His scholarship and research in performing arts, pedagogy, and recruitment and retention within higher education is published in articles, first editions and recordings appearing in four languages in over 200 library holdings worldwide. When not attending to Forum matters, he enjoys leisure time in New York with his wife and their two sons.

Terry B. Ewell iis professor of bassoon and music theory at Towson University. From 2001 to 2005 he was President of the International Double Reed Society. He has held positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Wheeling Symphony, and most recently the Mid-Atlantic Symphony. During the summer he is a faculty member at the MasterWorks Music Festival in Winona Lake, Indiana. Dr. Ewell is a leading exponent of double reed pedagogy through digital media. His YouTube videos have received over ¼ million downloads; other web materials over ¾ million downloads. Many of his materials may be accessed at and

Kent Moore is Principal Lecturer in Bassoon and Theory at Northern Arizona University and plays Principal Bassoon in the Flagstaff Symphony.  He received his D.M.A. at Temple University in Philadelphia while his M.M. was obtained from The Eastman School of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Performer's Certificate for outstanding performance.  A native of Canada, he has performed in many professional Canadian orchestras including the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony.  His bassoon teachers include Bernard Garfield, David McGill, Christopher Millard, Mordecai Rechtman, Milan Turkovic, and K. David Van Hoesen.

Saxton Rose Artist/Professor of Bassoon at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and principal bassoonist of the Winston-Salem Symphony. From 2003 to 2008 he held the same positions with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. He serves as Associate Editor of IDRS Online Publications and has performed at numerous conferences. He graduated with highest honors from the class of Stefano Canuti at the Conservatorio "Agostino Steffani" in Castelfranco-Veneto, Italy and is a former student of Yoshi Ishikawa, Timothy McGovern and William Winstead.

Martin Schuringheld orchestral positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, The Florida Orchestra and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra since 1980. Recordings can be heard on Philips, Koch International, MMC, and Summit Records. Martin has performed at every IDRS Conference since 1997, and serves as President of IDRS. He co-hosted the 1998 Conference of the International Double Reed Society and will again co-host the 2010 Conference at Arizona State University where he is Associate Professor of Oboe. Martin Schuring studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with John de Lancie.

Delmar Williams has been member of the IDRS for 20 years. He studied oboe at UNC Chapel Hill with David Serrins and has also attended master classes with John Mack. He has played oboe and English horn in five orchestras in North and South Carolina. He has heard almost all the major American orchestras on their home turf.  In addition to being a passionate follower of all things oboe in the United States, he is an avid world traveler who, wherever he goes, always includes on his agenda a visit to the local conservatories and concert halls.

Yoshi Ishikawa
Professor of Bassoon, U of Colorado at Boulder
Editor, IDRS OnLine Publications
Administrator, IDRS Forum