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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.

We are delighted to invite you to the “III Congreso de la Asociación de Fagotistas y Oboístas de España” (Spanish Double Reed Society III Conference) which will take place at the ”Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón”in Zaragoza, Spain, during the 26th, 27th and 28th of September. Invited artists and some of the many stands that will be taking part in the event are featured in the AFOES III Conference poster. You can also find more information at and in Facebook :

We are pleased to announce the preliminary round judges for this year’s 2014 Gillet-Fox Bassoon and Young Artist Oboe Competitions.

2014 Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition
Judith Farmer (USA)
Gaëlle Habert (France, winner of the 2002 competition)
Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan)
Harry Searing (USA)
Lyndon Watts (Australia/Germany)

Young Artist Oboe Competition
Nicholas Daniel (UK, Germany)
Dwight Parry (USA)
Susan Hatch Tomkiewicz (USA)

Many thanks to these judges for what will be a difficult task! Finalists will be announced May 1.

Announcing the 2014 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition for Bassoon, to be held at the IDRS Conference at New York University and open to oboists who have not reached their 31st birthday before the date of the final audition, August 8, 2014. Applications will be accepted from January 1st, 2014 to March 15th, 2014. Details are available in the .pdf file below and more information can be obtained at

pdfDownload the competition brochure in English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese

Please contact Peter Kolkay, Competition Chair at with any questions.

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 33rd annual Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox performance competition being held for bassoonists during the 2014 annual conference, held August 5-9 at New York University in New York, NY, USA. The competition is for bassoonists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (August 8, 2014). Application details will be available by January 1, 2014. Any questions can be addressed to Peter Kolkay, Competition Chair, at

Competition Repertoire:

  • Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C major, RV 477/F. VIII No. 13/P. 46 (complete with repeats; any edition)
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Concerto in F major, movement 1 (for the preliminary-round recording please begin in measure 55, seven measures before the bassoon entrance; any edition)
  • Henri Dutilleux: Sarabande et cortège (Leduc)
  • Elliott Carter: Retracing for solo bassoon (Boosey and Hawkes)

The final round will consist of all of the above works, including the complete Hummel concerto. The winner of the competition will perform the Hummel concerto with orchestra at the Conference.

1st Prize: Mingyuan Yang

2nd Prize: Thomas English

3rd Prize: Ben Roidl-Ward

Semi and Final Rounds to be held at the 2014 MQVC Bassoon Symposium (three days of master classes and concerts open to all)
Hosts: Ben Kamins and Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Location: Round Top, Texas, USA
Dates: January 18 – 20, 2014

Women bassoon players who are citizens of the Americas (North America, Central America, South America), or who are enrolled in school in the Americas during the year prior to the competition and who will not have reached their 24th birthday by the competition in January of 2014.


  • First Prize: US $9,000
  • Second Prize: US $5,000
  • Third Prize: US $2,000
  • Two Honorable Mentions: US $1000 each
  • Five Semi-Finalist Awards: US $500 each


  • Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in g minor, RV 495 (Op. 40, No. 20/P. 384/F VIII, No. 23/M 269). In the final round, the Vivaldi must be performed from memory
  • Katherine Hoover: Journey
  • Leslie Bassett: Metamorphoses (only movements 1, 2, 3, and 8 for the preliminary round)
  • One additional piece for final round (chosen from the official Repertoire List)

The preliminary round of competition is conducted via recording. Physical or electronic submissions are due October 14, 2013.

For more information, including submission instructions, additional repertoire list, and Symposium details, please visit


POSITION: The Department of Music and Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire seeks a part-time Associate Lecturer to start August 19, 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year.

DUTIES: Teach applied bassoon to music majors and minors. Teach one section of woodwind techniques (flute and double reeds) for music education majors.


Please send electronically, via attachments in word or pdf format, a letter of interest in the position, Curriculum Vita, a link to an uploaded high quality recording of recent performances, and contact information for references. The above should be emailed to:
Vanissa B. Murphy, Chair, Department of Music and Theatre Arts

To ensure consideration, completed applications must be received by June 15, 2013. However, screening may continue until position is filled. A criminal background check will be required prior to employment. UW-Eau Claire is an AA/EEO employer striving to recruit, develop, and retain employees from varied backgrounds. Please contact us to request any accommodation necessary to aid your participation in our hiring process.

To learn more, visit our department Web site:

The Members of the 2013 Young Artist Competition for Bassoon Committee are pleased to announce the finalists of this year’s competition:


  • Thomas English, USA
    Teachers include Kara M. Stolle, Douglas Spaniol, George Sakakeeny
  • Ben Roidl-Ward, GERMANY/USA
    Teachers include Francine Peterson, George Sakakeeny
  • Mingyuan Yang, CHINA/USA
    Teachers include Wendy Rose, Te Xu, Jianzhong Zhao


  • Jonathon Pearson Altizer, USA
    Teachers include Sharon Kuster, Kristin Wolfe Jensen
  • Naho Zhu, Japan/USA
    Teachers include Patricia Rogers, Richard Ranti, Janet Underhill

The finalists will compete at the IDRS Conference on June 27 at University of Redlands in California, USA. The winner will perform a recital on June 28 and receive a cash prize of $3,000 US.

The Members of the YAC Committee and the Officers of the Executive Committee are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and expertise expended by the judging panel. Members of the panel were:

  • Jeffrey Lyman: University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
  • Marion Reinhard: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, La Scala Theater Orchestra, formerly of Berlin Philharmonic
  • Rodion Tolmachev: Principal Bassoon Mariinsky Theatre; Winner 2008 Gillet-Fox Competition