The IDRS sponsors two international competitions for oboe and bassoon that take place each year during its annual conference.
The Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition (dedicated to the memory of the late master oboist and honorary member of the IDRS, Fernand Gillet, and to the memory of master bassoonist Hugo Fox, principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1922-1949) is for bassoonists and oboists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition.
The Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition (dedicated to the memory of Norma Hooks, IDRS honorary member and lifeblood of our organization with her tireless dedication to our membership, annual conferences, and Executive Committee meetings) is for those who have not reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the final round of the competition.
Both competitions alternate each year between oboe and bassoon.
For current information about the competitions (repertoire, deadlines, submission guidelines, etc.), click the appropriate link below.
Congratulations to the finalists of the 2020 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition and the Norma Hooks Young Artist Oboe Competition.
Due to the recent cancellation of the 49th IDRS Conference in Iowa City, and after much deliberation, the IDRS Executive Committee has decided that the 2020 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition and the Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition will not celebrate a final round. The 2020 IDRS Competition Finalists will be honored and invited to perform in the IDRS 2021 conference in Boulder, Colorado.
View Current Competition Details
Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition
Repertoire, deadlines and how to submit your application for the 2021 Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition
Norma Hooks Young Artist Competition
Repertoire, deadlines and how to submit your application for the 2021 NHYAC Bassoon Competition