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IDRS 50 for 50 Commissioning Project: Competition

IDRS is delighted to announce the two winners of our 2nd annual Commissioning Competition, which is a part of the Society’s 50 for 50 Commissioning Project. We were thrilled to receive over 40 submissions. These composers were selected through a blind committee vote evaluating their composition samples and writing promises for double reeds. We would like to thank the Commissioning Committee members for their hard and detailed work during this anonymous selection process.

2022 Commissioning Competition Winners:

  • Kelly Vaneman (Solo Oboe piece)
  • Martin Van Klompenberg (Solo Bassoon piece)

The two winners of this Commissioning Competition will be engaged to compose a new solo oboe or bassoon 7-10 minute work for intermediate-plus level players (21st century colors and extended techniques required). Each work will be premiered at the 2023 IDRS Conference in Thailand, July 18-23, 2023 and each winning composer will receive a $2,500 fee.

Meet the Winners
Kelly Vaneman (Solo Oboe piece)
Martin Van Klompenberg (Solo Bassoon piece)

Kelly McElrath Vaneman is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of Oboe and Musicology at Converse University in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is also first-year mentor of all Converse music students and works with each of them to find the best pathway to begin their journey as professional musicians. In 2016 she was awarded Converse’s Kathryn Amelia Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2019 she received the Above and Beyond Award for her work as student mentor and advisor.

Dr. Vaneman’s innovative compositions often involve a fair amount of stomping and clapping and look to build a sense of joyful community—several of her works have been published by Trevco Music and St. James Press. Her exciting performing life extends across multiple genres and non-traditional venues. With husband Chris Vaneman she is a member of the flute/oboe duo Ensemble Radieuse, a group committed to expanding the repertoire and engaging directly with the audience. They’ve performed and taught on four continents, presented at a wide range of conferences (including those of the International Double Reed Society, the National Flute Association, and the College Music Society), and commissioned and arranged numerous works. In addition to the normal concert stage, they’ve performed in such places as Spartanburg’s Ciclops Cyderi, La Quinta Mazatlan Bird Sanctuary in South Texas, and the Transfiguration Preserve in Bat Cave, NC. The two are also members of the Petrie Winds, Converse’s faculty wind quintet. Dr. Vaneman performs with both the Spartanburg Philharmonic and the Hendersonville Symphony. Her work as a soloist has included yearly themed faculty recitals, improvised underscoring for Theatre Converse productions, performing on period instruments, and jamming with rock bands at New York’s famed punk club CBGBs.

She is twice Past President of the Rho chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, has served on the board of the International Alliance for Women in Music as secretary and membership chair, and is a member of Alpha Chi. Dr. Vaneman holds DMA, MMA, and MM degrees from Yale University, received her BMus summa cum laude from Baylor University, and studied modern and Baroque oboe at the Koninklijk Konservatorium Brussel under a grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

Originally from Holland, Michigan, Martin J. Van Klompenberg is a bassoonist and composer based in Lexington, Kentucky. From 2013 – 2022, he served as a member of the United States Army Band program, performing with the 101st Airborne Division “Air Assault” Band (Fort Campbell, KY), the 282nd Army Band (Fort Jackson, SC), the 323rd Army Band “Fort Sam’s Own” (Fort Sam Houston/San Antonio, TX) and the Air Force Band of the West (San Antonio, TX). Prior to joining the ranks of military musicians, he attended the University of Arizona, where he obtained the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree, studying with William Dietz. He also earned degrees from Arizona State University and Western Michigan University, studying with Albie Micklich and Wendy Rose, respectively. He has also studied composition with award-winning composer Jenni Brandon.

He has been fortunate to perform at conferences for the International Double Reed Society, the International Clarinet Association, the College Music Society, and the Texas Music Education Association, among others. He has also presented solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States. As a composer, his works have been performed by artists such as the Heartland Marimba Ensemble, Scott Pool (bassoon), Nicaulis Ailiey (flute) and Joseph Rebman (harp).

2022 Commissioning Competition

Details

Overview

To celebrate 50 years of the International Double Reed Society, the society created a commissioning project to add 50 new works for double reeds following the 50th Anniversary year.

Since IDRS was incorporated in 1971, commissioning has been a significant aspect of the Society’s mission. The goals of the 50 for 50 Commissioning Project is to celebrate IDRS at 50, to acknowledge that the society has an important and ongoing responsibility to broaden and deepen the diversity of voices in, and repertoire for, the double reed playing community and to promote a spirit of togetherness, artistic enrichment, and celebration for the project, the conference, and IDRS.

Application and Selection process

This competition calls for scores, from which a panel chooses two (2) composers to write one (1) new work each (one work for solo oboe and one work for solo bassoon).

Composers will use a submission form on IDRS.org. The online form will open on September 15, 2022 and will close on November 1, 2022.

The following materials will be required:

  1. One complete work using a double reed instrument(s):
    1. A PDF file of the score.
    2. A live or MIDI recording of the composition.
  2. Current resume listing composer’s professional qualifications and contact information (name, email address, phone number, physical mailing address, and website URL if applicable).
  3. Statement of pedagogical intent for new work (300 words max): How does your vision for a solo oboe or bassoon work interact with the competition’s goal of centering and introducing intermediate-plus level students to 21st century colors and extended techniques?

Note: Please remove any names or other identifying marks on your score or recordings. Scores or recordings with names or other identifying marks will not be considered.

The competition will be adjudicated in a two-round process, with the winners being selected by a diverse panel of composers and music professionals using a blind evaluation process.

The winners of this competition will be engaged to compose a new 7-10 minute work for solo oboe or solo bassoon and will submit it to IDRS by March 1, 2023

These works will be premiered at the 2023 IDRS Conference in Thailand, July 18-23, 2023. The IDRS Conference Artistic Committee will select the performers of these premiers.

Requirements for Commissioned Piece

Eligibility

Any composer is eligible except composers who are previous winners of the IDRS Commissioning Competition and composers on the IDRS Board of Directors, IDRS Staff, IDRS volunteers or members of the conference hosting team.

Fees

There is no entry fee for this competition.

Timeline

  • Submissions for competition: September 15 – November 1, 2022
  • Announcement of prizewinners: December 15, 2022
  • Submission of commissioned pieces: March 1, 2023

Prize

Each work will be premiered at the 2023 IDRS Conference in Thailand, July 18-23, 2023 and each winning composer will receive a $2,500 fee.

Composers will use a submission form on IDRS.org. The online form will open on September 15, 2022 and will close on November 1, 2022.

The following materials will be required:

  1. One complete work using a double reed instrument(s):
    1. A PDF file of the score.
    2. A live or MIDI recording of the composition.
  2. Current resume listing composer’s professional qualifications and contact information (name, email address, phone number, physical mailing address, and website URL if applicable). 300 words max only for the statement.
  3. Statement of pedagogical intent for new work (300 words max): How does your vision for a solo oboe or bassoon work interact with the competition’s goal of centering and introducing intermediate-plus level students to 21st century colors and extended techniques?

Note: Please remove any names or other identifying marks on your score or recordings. Scores or recordings with names or other identifying marks will not be considered.

Timeline

Submissions for competition:
September 15 – November 1, 2022

Announcement of prizewinners:
December 15, 2022

Submission of commissioned pieces:
March 1, 2023

The application is closed.

Questions?

Please address any questions to roper@idrs.org.