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The Members of the 2015 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon Committee are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s competition:

Valeria Curti, SWITZERLAND
Student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst

Student of Zhang Jin Min, Song Zhi Hong

Kaspar Reh, GERMANY
Student of Selim Aykal, Frank Forst

Mathieu Brunet, FRANCE
Student of Jean-Louis Estier, Carlo Colombo, Jean Pignoly

The finalists will compete at the IDRS Conference on August 18th, in Tokyo Japan. The Members of the YAC Committee and the Officers of the Executive Committee are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and expertise of the preliminary round judging panel. Members of the panel were:

Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), principal bassoonist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona

Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), principal bassoonist of NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Alban Wesly (Netherlands), founding member of Calefax Quintet and bassoonist of musikFabrik

We are pleased to announce the preliminary round judges for the 2015 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon.

  • Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), principal bassoonist of Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona
  • Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), principal bassoonist of NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
  • Alban Wesly (Netherlands), founding member of Calefax Quintet and bassoonist of musikFabrik

We thank these judges on the difficult task ahead. Finalists for both the YAC and Gillet-Fox competition for oboe will be announced May 1.

The US Navy Fleet Band has immediate opening in BASSOON

The University of Arizona School of Music is pleased to invite applications for qualified Master’s candidates of oboe and bassoon for positions in the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet for Fall 2015.
The Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet is named in honor of wind pedagogue and master teacher, Fred Fox.
Appointment to the quintet provides remission of full out-of-state and half of instate fees, in addition to an annual stipend.
Members of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet receive intensive chamber music coaching with members of the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble.
To apply, or for more information, please contact:

William Dietz, (bassoon)
Sara Fraker, (oboe)

Fred Fox Wind Quintet website:

The IDRS 2015 Tokyo Conference Artist Selection Committee is now accepting proposals to participate. You may submit your proposal at

The deadline for program submission is 31 December 2014. The IDRS Artist Selection Committee will announce the slate of accepted artists after 1 February 2015.
Please have the following items before you proceed with your submission:

* Current (2015) IDRS membership
* Length of proposed event: 50 minutes, 25 minutes, 12:30 minutes
* Priority of works to be performed.
* Biography – 250 words or less per individual
* Photographs – jpg format, max 5photos, max 1MB per photo (like 300dpi / 1200*800px)
* Complete program information: Title, Composer, Movements, Composer dates, Exact timing

Congratulations to all five finalists who performed in yesterday’s Gillet-Fox Competition for bassoon! The results are:

First Prize: Sebastian Stevensson
Second Prize: Mathis Kaspar Stier
Honorable Mentions: Dana Jackson, Michael Kaulartz, Miles Maner

Special thanks to the final round judges Fabio Cury, Giorgio Mandolesi, Kathleen McLean, Frank Morelli, and Kim Walker.

ATTENTION IDRS 2014 Attendees and IDRS Members
Recordings of Selected Concerts, Recitals and Workshops will be available after September 1st. You will be notified by E-Blast when they become available through and Tee Shirts, Caps, Teddy Bears, coffee cups and shot glasses available then too.
Matt Sullivan

The 8th Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition will take place in Marseille, France from February 23 to 28, 2015. More information is available here.

The 2015 Young Artist Competition Committee is pleased to announce the repertoire for next year’s bassoon competition which will take place in Tokyo, Japan. Competition entries will be accepted starting on January 1, 2015. For more information, check or contact competition chair Saxton Rose.

The 2015 Young Artist Bassoon Competition Repertoire:
Koželuh: Concerto in C, movement I (any edition)

Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, movement III, Molto Adagio and Allegro Moderato (any edition)

Mignone: From Sixteen Waltzes for Solo Bassoon (any edition)

  • Pattapiada
  • Apanhei-te meu fagotinho (Valsa paródia)
  • A Boa Páscoa Para Você Devos!
  • Valsa-Choro

For Final Round Only
Doppler: Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26 movement I Molto Andante, arranged by Masahito Tanaka (Dolce Gakki)

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2014 Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition. The five finalists were chosen from a field of 53 applicants from all over the world. The five finalists chosen by the judges (in alphabetical order) are:

Dana Jackson (Santa Barbara Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, student of Richard Beene, Christopher Millard, Lewis Kirk, Judith Farmer, Francine Peterson)

Michael Kaulartz (student of Ole Kristian Dahl)

Miles Maner (Chicago Symphony, student of Benjamin Kamins and Kristin Wolfe Jensen)

Sebastian Stevensson (Royal Danish National Symphony, student of Ole Kristian Dahl and Knut Sönstevold)

Mathis Kaspar Stier (Mahler Jugendorchester and National Youth Orchestra of Germany, student of Eberhard Marschall, Lyndon Watts, and Markus Fromm)

The alternate is:
Simon Van Holen (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, student of Gustavo Núñez)

The preliminary round judges were Judith Farmer (USA), Gaëlle Habert (France), Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan), Harry Searing (USA), and Lyndon Watts (Australia/Germany). Many thanks to those judges for all the hours they put in evaluating the applications. The final round will take place on August 8, 2014 with the winner of the competition featured on the closing night of the conference.