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The latest news and event announcements from around the double reed world.

Interested applicants please send:

  • Cover letter, resume and names/contact info of 3 references.
  • Video of your teaching.

Video or audio recording of:

  • Exposition of a standard repertoire concerto
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, 4th mvt.: mm. 184-188.
  • Mozart, Overture to Marriage of Figaro: mm. 1-25.
  • Ravel, Bolero: Solo
  • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4, 2nd mvt.: mm. 274-end.

Must be available to teach 22 June through 7 August, 2017.
Pay is $3,000 plus Room, board and a variable travel stipend.

Deadline for receipt of all materials: 1 February, 2017

Please send all materials (electronically) to: Bill.tortolano@snowpond.org

Founded in 1937, New England Music Camp is a summer camp for music students ages 11–18, located on 200 acres in Sidney, Maine, on the eastern shore of Messalonskee Lake in the Belgrade Lakes region. It follows a balanced structure of musical training (in the morning) and standard athletic activities (in the afternoon) such as sailing, kayaking, archery, tennis, softball, soccer, volleyball, badminton etc. There are numerous concerts offered free to the public during its six-week season on site at the Bowl in the Pines or Alumni Hall (respectively, the camp’s outdoor and indoor performance venues).

Faculty members at New England Music Camp are carefully chosen for both their achievements as professional performers and their recognition for excellence in teaching. We live in a close knit community where we dine family style and many of our faculty enjoy joining the campers on the recreation fields.
http://nemusiccamp.com

VanHoesenK. David Van Hoesen, Professor Emeritus of Bassoon at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and former principal bassoonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, died on Monday, Oct. 3, in Pittsburgh, Penn. An Honorary Member of the International Double Reed Society who stayed active as a performer until his retirement from the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in 2011, Professor Van Hoesen was 90 years old.

Born on June 29, 1926, in Rochester, N.Y., Professor Van Hoesen came from a musical family. His father, violinist and conductor Karl Van Hoesen, taught at the Eastman School and in the Rochester public schools. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree at Eastman in 1950, Professor David Van Hoesen taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music before joining the Eastman faculty in 1954.

During his 37-year tenure at Eastman, he taught students who went on to hold leading positions with major symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe–the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony of Washington D.C., San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to name a few–and professorships in universities and colleges including The Juilliard School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute, and others.

In 1984, Professor Van Hosen received the Eastman School of Music’s Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, as his voice and his sound completely permeate my playing and my teaching,” said Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. “I will strive my entire life to uphold his great teaching and style and to share these influences with young students.”

“He was my musical father; I count my musical life as my time before and after I studied with him,” said Barrick Stees, Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra and instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent/Blossom. “He was especially kind after I graduated, generous with his time if I had an audition or needed advice. I can’t say enough about how big an influence he was on me; and his influence as a bassoonist and teacher extended nationally and internationally.”

“The passing of K. David Van Hoesen was very sad news for all of us who had the pleasure and honor of being one of his pupils,” said George Sakakeeny, professor of bassoon at Eastman, who taught at Oberlin and other conservatories. “He was simply the greatest musician I have ever known who played the bassoon. His many contributions to his own students and to raising the artistic standards of bassoon playing in general will live on in the hearts and minds of all of us who both directly and indirectly learned and continue to learn from him.”

Professor Van Hoesen began his career as the inaugural bassoon professor at the Oberlin Conservatory from 1950 to 1954 and was second bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1952 to 1954. He moved to Rochester, N.Y., to play Principal Bassoon in the Rochester Philharmonic under Erich Leinsdorf and began teaching at the Eastman School of Music. He can be heard on many Mercury recordings with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.

An active soloist and chamber music artist, Professor Van Hoesen recorded for the CRI and Caedmon labels. Notable recorded works are by Allan Blank and Alec Wilder. Mr. Wilder wrote the Phyllis McGinley Song Cycle for Professor Van Hoesen, harpist and daughter Gretchen Van Hoesen, and soprano Jan DeGaetani.

Professor Van Hoesen’s daughters Gretchen and Catherine continued the family’s music legacy, both studying in the Eastman School of Music’s Preparatory Department (now named the Eastman Community Music School), and Catherine received her master’s degree at Eastman. Gretchen is Principal Harp of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Catherine is first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. His granddaughter Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton is the Principal Harp of the Toronto Symphony.

Professor Van Hoesen researched subjects related to reedmaking tools and musical acoustics. He designed bassoon and reedmaking equipment and electronic equipment to measure acoustical impedance of bocals and instruments, which began while working with Arthur Benade at Case Western in 1981. In addition, throughout his career and in retirement he transcribed and published dozens of arrangements for woodwind instruments.

In a 1986 newspaper interview, Professor Van Hoesen said: “One of my students said something to me recently – ‘You know, you teach us to teach ourselves.’ I guess that really is so. I’m not trying to teach them every note of a piece … I don’t want them to be carbon copies of my interpretations. If someone tries to play like someone else, it never comes off effectively.”

Professor Van Hoesen continued his close ties to the Eastman community after his retirement, and performed frequently as a soloist. Of a 1993 performance of the Francaix Divertissement with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Times-Union praised his “seamless phrasing and honeyed tone, elegant and warmly human,” as well as his “finesse, lyricism, and airy charm.”

“David enriched this school, not only because he was such a wonderful musician and teacher, but especially because he was such an exemplary and caring human being,” said Vincent Lenti, Professor of Piano and Eastman School historian. “When I joined the faculty in 1963, Dave and his wife were the first of my faculty colleagues to extend a hand in friendship towards me. I mourn his loss.”

Professor Van Hoesen is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol Morse Van Hoesen; his daughters, Gretchen S. Van Hoesen (and son-in-law James A. Gorton, retired co-principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony) and Catherine A. Van Hoesen; and his granddaughter, Heidi Van Hoesen.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the “Eastman School of Music”, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY 14604 with K. David Van Hoesen bassoon scholarship in the check memo line.

The Committee of the 2017 Young Artist Bassoon Competition is pleased to announce the repertoire for next year, which will take place at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. The Competition entries will be accepted starting on January 1, 2017 through an online application process. More information will be available at the end of August at http://idrs.org/competitions/ or contact Isabel Jeremias at jeremias@idrs.org

The 2017 Young Artist Bassoon Competition Repertoire:

  1. Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for bassoon and orch. en C minor F VIII, Nº14 RV480
    I. Allegro
    (edition of entrant’s choice)
  2. Gioachino Rossini
    Concerto for bassoon and orch.
    I. Allegro
    (Hoffmeister in Germany)
  3. William Davis
    Sonata for bassoon and piano
    I. Allegro grazioso, II. Recitative, III. Scherzo, IV. Finale
    (Southern Music Company)
  4. José Siqueira
    Drei Etüde für Fagott und Klavier
    I. Ad libitum-Allegro, II. Tempo di Modinha, III. Allegro scherzando
    (Trevco)

Department of Music, College of Fine and Performing Arts, Western Washington University

The Department of Music within the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Washington University invites applications for a part-time instructor in applied bassoon and woodwind studies (non-tenure track) to begin in September, 2016. The position is located at the
University’s main campus in Bellingham, Washington. For more information on the Music Department at Western, please visit our website at http://cfpa.wwu.edu/music.

Duties: Teach applied lessons in bassoon and double reed methods for music education
majors. Coach chamber music as needed. Active participation in student recruitment is also
expected.

Qualifications: Masters degree or equivalent experience required. Evidence of successful
teaching and performance ability required.

Appointment: This is a one-year renewable contract as an Affiliate Faculty member of the
Department of Music.

Interested candidates must submit application materials to the WWU Non-Tenure Track Faculty
Vacancy Pool: https://jobs.wwu.edu/JobPosting.aspx?JPID=913.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications received by June 15, 2016 will
receive full consideration.

Interviews will be held on the WWU campus during late June. Any questions about the position
should be directed to Patrick Roulet at Patrick.Roulet@wwu.edu.

Western Washington University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion,
national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its
programs or activities. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity &
Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, WWU, Old Main
345, MS 9021, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711
(Washington Relay); eoo@wwu.edu

On behalf of the 2016 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition Committee, I am pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s competition:

  • Nanci Belmont, USA
    Teachers include Frank Morelli, Jeffrey Keesecker, Maurizio Venturini
  • Quinn Delaney, USA
    Teachers include John Hunt, William Buchman
  • Francesco Giussani, Italy
    Teachers include Giorgio Versiglia, Diego Chenna
  • Michael Kaulartz, Germany
    Teachers include Ole Kristian Dahl, Audun Halvorsen
  • Riccardo Terzo, Italy
    Teachers include Maurizio Barigione, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Postinghel, Dag Jensen

The alternate is Zhongwang Wang, China. Teachers include William Winstead, George Sakakeeny, Eric Stomberg

The finalists will compete at the IDRS conference in Columbus, Georgia on June 29th. The winner will perform Bernhard Crusell’s Concertino on the final concert and receive a cash prize of $12,000 US. The second prize is a $8,000 US cash award. Other finalists will receive a $3000 US cash award.

The IDRS wishes to express our deepest appreciation to our preliminary round judges:

  • Mathias Rácz (Germany) Principal Bassoon of Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Professor at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
  • Fabián Contreras (Argentina) Principal Bassoon of Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba
  • Nicolasa Kuster (USA) University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • Lansong Li (China) Principal Bassoon of China Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing
  • Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam (Poland) Principal Bassoon of Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra and 1st prize winner of the 2012 Gillet-Fox Competition

Saxton Rose
Chair, Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition

The Benefic Chamber Music Camp will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from July 23 through July 31. Double Reed faculty includes: Dwight Perry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Leonid Sirotkin, assistant professor of oboe at DePauw University; and Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon at Ball State University. For more information: www.BeneficMusic.com: info@beneficmusic.com: 513.374.4577

The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University seeks an exceptional teacher and performer of bassoon. This is a full time, tenure track faculty position in the Schwob School of Music within Columbus State University’s College of the Arts and will hold the academic rank of Assistant Professor. For more information, see [click]

Dark in the Song announces the first NewBassoon Workshop, a four-day event July 6-9, 2016 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Four leading American bassoon artists and teachers, Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay and Saxton Rose, all members of the pioneering bassoon collective Dark in the Song, present a four-day workshop on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques, and pedagogy. This session is designed for college students and above. Participants will work closely with the faculty in a variety of settings, including lessons, master classes, and ensembles. The event also includes faculty and student performances, exhibits, a performance competition, and a composition prize.
Register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

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The entire workshop takes place at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • Performance master classes and private lessons by Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay, and Saxton Rose
  • Special guest John Hunt, Professor of Bassoon, Eastman School of Music
  • Discussion / demonstration on new trends in chamber music
  • Workshop on multiphonics led by guest Jamie Leigh Sampson, author of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics
  • Workshops on contemporary bassoon literature and techniques, including circular breathing
  • Panel discussion on grant writing, commissioning, and entrepreneurial activities for performers
  • Performance and presentation on performing the Berio Sequenza
  • Performance / demonstration on performing with various electronic systems including live looping
  • Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes, an hour-long work for seven bassoons
  • Faculty recital of solo and chamber works for bassoon by Dark in the Song including the premiere of the 2016 Composition Prize winning piece
  • The Dark in the Song Performance Competition Final Round

SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, July 6 at 12pm: Welcome and Introductions, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm: Faculty recital, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Thursday, July 7 at 9:00am: Final Round of the Performance Competition, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm: Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes
  • Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm: Participants and competition winners recital, Hatch Recital Hall

EXHIBITS

Midwest Musical Imports will exhibit bassoons, accessories, reeds and cane, tools and machines for sale and trial for the duration of the workshop. Repair technician Eric Anderson will also offer free repairs.

COSTS and HOUSING

Tuition for the four-day workshop, including all activities and concerts is $550. You can register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

Housing at the Eastman Student Living Center is available. Information about housing and local hotels.

I am very pleased to announce that Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, has agreed to serve as Artistic Advisor to the IDRS in its 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project.  In this capacity, Maestro Gilbert will be working with the Executive Committee in identifying composers for the three works (oboe concerto/concertino, bassoon concerto/concertino and oboe, bassoon, piano trio) that will be commissioned for the 50th anniversary of our society.  Many thanks to Jeff Rathbun and Lenny Hindell who spearheaded the effort to have Maestro Gilbert join us in this project.

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Keith Sweger
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306-0410

President, International Double Reed Society
sweger@idrs.org

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

Saxton Rose
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The eighth annual Young Artist Competition was held this summer for bassoonists at the IDRS conference at the The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception in 2008, the Young Artist Competition gives double-reed artists under the age of 22 the opportunity to compete, and like the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition, it alternates each year between oboists and bassoonists. The IDRS sponsored competitions showcase the amazing talent in our double-reed communities throughout the world and this year was no different.

Three finalists and one alternate were chosen based on recordings submitted by 41 applicants from all over the world. These recordings were anonymously adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges including Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), and Alban Wesly (Netherlands). The finalists were Valeria Curti of Switzerland, a student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst, Geng Liang of Singapore, a student of Zhang Jin Min and Song Zhi Hong, and Kaspar Reh of Germany, a student of Selim Aykal and Frank Forst. Mathieu Brunet of France was chosen as the alternate.

Valeria, Geng and Kaspar competed on August 17th, playing selections from the following repertoire: The first movement of Koželuh’s Concerto in C Major, the third movement Molto Adagio and Allegro Moderato of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, four of Mignone’s Waltzes for Solo Bassoon including Pattapiada, Apanhei-te meu fagotinho (Valsa paródia), A Boa Páscoa Para Você Devos! and Valsa-Choro, and Franz Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26 movement I, Molto Andante, arranged by Masahito Tanaka.

This is a unique year in the history of the Young Artist Competition. Tojo Shigeko, the wife of the late Masahito Tanaka generously donated ¥300,000 Japanese Yen for a special prize to be awarded to the performer of the jury’s favorite performance of Tanaka’s arrangement of Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.

After deliberating, our extraordinary final round judges Sophie Dartigalongue (France), Albi Michlich (USA) and Koji Okasaki (Japan), chose Valeri Curti as the winner. She received a cash award of $4000 USD. Kaspar Reh was awarded second prize and a $2500 USD award. Third prize and $1000 USD went to Geng Liang. Valeri Curti also received the Tanaka prize.

The level of playing was truly remarkable and each of the finalists and their teachers should be applauded for the enormous amount of work and dedication, the result of which we were privileged to hear. Valeri performed the Doppler and Saint Saens on an evening recital Tuesday, August 18th. I would like to thank pianist Miyuki Washimiya for her beautiful playing throughout the conference and her exceptional accompaniment work during the competition.

As with all IDRS endeavors, the Young Artist Competition is the collective, volunteered effort of many people contributing in countless ways. I must thank Competitions Coordinator Eric Stomberg and Norma Hooks, IDRS Executive Secretary/ Treasurer, for their incalculable time and invaluable council and expertise. Thank you also to conference host Sugawara Hitomi and the conference staff for their organizational assistance.

Next year’s competition, coordinated by Geralyn Giovannetti, will feature oboists and will take place at IDRS 2016 in Columbus, Georgia at Columbus State University. Bassoonists can look forward to the 2017 competition at the conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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