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

The Benefic Chamber Music Camp is a week-long intensive learning experience designed to enhance chamber music and collaborative skills for string, woodwind, horn and piano students who are enrolled in high school through early college. The camp will be held July 29 – August 4, 2012 on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. The double reed faculty will include Aryn Sweeney, assistant professor of oboe, and Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon.

Camp activities include chamber music coaching, private lessons, individual coaching focused on assigned chamber music repertoire, master classes, guest artist and faculty concerts, student chamber music performances and a concerto competition. Additional presentations will include musicians’ development seminars, workshops on health and wellness, Alexander Technique, the art of chamber music rehearsals, improvisation, sight-reading, how to prepare for public performance, audition preparation, composition, instrument care/maintenance and others. Guest artists and presenters will include faculty from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, Michigan State University, and members of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras.

The application fee will be waived for students applying before April 1, 2012 and reduced tuition will be offered to students applying before May 1, 2012. Most camp activities will be housed in Ball State’s Music Instruction Building, which was featured during the 2006 IDRS conference. Muncie, IN is located an hour’s drive northeast of Indianapolis and is easily accessible via air travel through the Indianapolis International Airport. For more information, please go to www.BeneficMusic.com or contact Dr. Sweeney (adsweeney@bsu.edu) or Dr. Sweger (ksweger@bsu.edu).

For the second subscription concert of the 20th season of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, to be held February 26 at 3pm, in the George Washington Memorial Masonic Temple, Old Town, Alexandria, VA, the program will feature a number of works of interest for double reed players and fans. Members of the International Double Reed Society will be admitted free to the concert and their friends and family will be given half-price tickets. There is plenty of free parking adjacent to the Masonic and a free champagne reception following the concert.

The first work of interest will be a performance of the Oboe Concerto in A Minor of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), arguably one of Britain’s most important composers. The concerto, known to be one to test any player’s technique, was written in 1944 for the virtuoso Leon Goosens, but its premiere that year was postponed several months due to German bombing of London during WWII.

Joining Eclipse for this virtuoso concerto will be National Symphony Orchestra Principal Oboe Nicholas Stovall. Born in Austin, Texas, Mr. Stovall holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Juilliard, where he received the William Schuman Prize for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement. Mr. Stovall also is Eclipse’s Principal Oboe and will be making his first solo appearance in the Washington, D.C., area during this performance.

The final work is a composition by Eclipse Composer-in-Residence Truman Harris. His Serenade for Orchestra is a commission from Eclipse Chamber Orchestra celebrating the ensemble’s 20th season. During its two decades, Eclipse has premiered several of Mr. Harris’s compositions, with Sylvia Alimena conducting. Eclipse is recording the music of Truman Harris for release on the Naxos label. Also Eclipse’s Principal Bassoonist, Mr. Harris has had his compositions premiered by members of the National Symphony Orchestra, with Leonard Slatkin conducting. Truman Harris is Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the National Symphony Orchestra.

Another work of interest for double reed aficionados is the Octet for Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, String Quartet and Double Bass by Jean Francaix (1912-1997). Eclipse is performing this composition to honor the prodigious French composer in advance of the 100th anniversary of his birth on May 23. The octet, like nearly all of this neoclassical composer’s work, is a pleasant and airy composition.

The remaining work on the program is Pastorale d’été (Summer Pastorale) by the French-born Swiss composer Arthur Honneger (1892-1955). Composed in 1920, it was inspired by a trip the composer took to the Alps. It is considered to be Honneger’s first important orchestral composition.

Celebrating its 20th season, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra is composed of National Symphony Orchestra members and has recorded on the Naxos label. More information at: www.eclipseco.org

The Saarburger Serenaden, a three-year-old chamber music festival in Saarburg, Germany, has bassoon openings for this coming summer, July 1-15, 2012. Talented high school, undergraduate, and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Saarburg is in southwestern Germany, not far from Luxembourg. The festival is known for its distinguished faculty, beautiful and charming town and region. The focus is on chamber music, with, of course, private lessons and some traveling. For example, a trip to the Heckel factory is planned, just a couple hours away by car.

Limited performance-based scholarships are available.

Interested students should write mharley@mozart.sc.edu. The application deadline is March 1.

For more information: http://www.saarburgfestival.de

The IDRS has an offer that is actually a win-win-win!  If you are hosting a Double Reed Day the IDRS offers a special Student Online Membership with REWARDS!  If an attendee at your DR Day signs up for a $35 Student Online Membership (forms provided, just email me at trevcomusic@msn.com for a pdf that you can reproduce.  Form also available for online membership) and references your event on the form, the host or presenter will receive 50% ($17.50) back from the IDRS for each new student membership.  If you get 20 students to sign up, that’s $350!  The triple win is 1) the student gets all the fantastic benefits and resources provided by the IDRS, 2) the hosts get money back for just announcing the promotion, 3) and the IDRS gets one more new member.  It couldn’t be easier.  As a reminder, a $35 Student Online Membership also makes a great Birthday or Holiday gift from mom and dad, aunt or uncle, or the grandparents…and it gives for a full year!

For more information, click here.

Trevor Cramer

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for BASSOON ENSEMBLE

20-22 April 2012 in STRASBOURG / France

This competition is organised as part of the 7th International Bassoon Festival
of the French “Association Bassons.”
Application deadline: March 1, 2012

Download the program: http://www.bassons.com/pages/articles/pdf/pdf_10.pdf

Interview with Bernard Garfield, former Principal Bassoonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and an International Double Reed Society honorary member. Part 1 presents his recollections of studying piano and bassoon and his work with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The interview was recorded in June 9, 2010. Copyright 2011 by Terry B. Ewell and International Double Reed Society.

Download the mp3: https://www.idrs.org/multimedia/podcasts/Garfield1.mp3
 

Congratulations to everyone who entered the ADRA 2011 Double Reed Competition. The finalists selected for the competition are (in alphabetical order by last name):

Oboe

Chi-Yuen Cheng, Hong Kong
Qing Lin, China
Sun Shih Han, Taiwan
Nieh Yu Hsuan, Taiwan
Yu-Hey Sze, Hong Kong
(Alternate) Pie-Ling Liao, Taiwan

Bassoon

Benjamin Cefkin, United States of America
Jung-Tzu Lin, Taiwan
Laura Miller, United States of America
Vince Ocampo, Phillipines
Shih Min Tang, Taiwan
(Alternate) Ting Yuen Chan, Hong Kong

The alternates will be invited in case that a finalist is unable to play in the final round. 

The tape round judges were:

Christopher Schaub, Professor of Bassoon at Mahidol University (Chair)
Patrawut Punputhaphong, Principal Bassoon of the Thailand Philharmonic
Orchestra
Amy Galbraith, Professor of Oboe at Mahidol University
Keri McCarthy, Professor of Oboe at Washington State University
Hiroshi Matsushima, Professor of Flute at Mahidol University

The final round will take place on August 16, 2011, at the College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand. For more information about the ADRA, the conference, or the competition, see www.doublereedasia.org.

The following is the repertoire for the 2012 Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition to be held during the IDRS Conference at Miami University in July of 2012 in Oxford, Ohio. Applications will be available soon.

  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Sonata in C major, Masters Music or Editio Musica Budapest), entire work, all repeats
  • Paul Jeanjean: Prelude et scherzo (Leduc or Masters, ossia is permissible)
  • George Perle: BassoonMusic (E.C. Schirmer)
  • Franz Berwald: Concert Piece, op. 2 (Barenreiter; for the competition finals only)

Contact Peter Kolkay, Chair, for more information:
Telephone: (803) 777-3121
E-mail: pkolkay@mozart.sc.edu

Congratulations to our 2011 Young Artist Bassoon Competition Winners:

  • 1st place: Axel Benoit (France)
    Student of Carlo Colombo at Le Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon
  • 2nd place: Ananta Díaz (Venezuala)
    Former student of Leonardo Dean, Filiberto Nuñez, Geronis Bravo and Henning Trog
  • 3rd place: R. Conrad Cornelison (USA)
    Student of Patricia Rogers at The Juilliard School. Former teachers include Eric Stomberg, Matthew Schuler and Dan Duncan
  • Alternate:
    Stephen Duncan (USA)
    Student of Doug Spaniol at Butler University. Former teachers include Michael Dicker, Bill Buchman and David Oyen.

    The IDRS is extremely grateful to our panel of distinguished final round judges: Judith Farmer, Lecolian Washington and Andrea Zucco. The preliminary round judges were Whitney Crockett, Carlo Colombo and Lynn Hileman. The chair of the Young Artist Competition is Saxton Rose.

    We also wish to express our thanks to all competition entrants, and current/former teachers for their participation in the 2011 Young Artist Competition.

The following bassoonists have been named as finalists for the 2011 Young Artist Bassoon Competition. They will compete in the Final Stage of the Competition in an open concert at the IDRS meeting in Tempe, AZ, U.S.A. on June 2.

  • Axel Benoit (France)
    Student of Carlo Colombo at Le Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse de Lyon
  • R. Conrad Cornelison (USA)
    Student of Patricia Rogers at The Juilliard School. Former teachers include Eric Stomberg, Matthew Schuler and Dan Duncan
  • Ananta Díaz (Venezuala)
    Former student of Leonardo Dean, Filiberto Nuñez, Geronis Bravo and Henning Trog
  • Alternate:

  • Stephen Duncan (USA)
    Student of Doug Spaniol at Butler University. Former teachers include Michael Dicker, Bill Buchman and David Oyen.

The IDRS is extremely grateful to our panel of distinguished preliminary round judges:
Whitney Crockett: Principal bassoon of Los Angeles Philharmonic

Carlo Colombo: Principal bassoon of Lyon National Opera Orchestra (France) and professor at the Lyon and Lausanne Conservatories

Lynn Hileman: Professor of Bassoon at West Virginia University

We wish also to express our thanks to all competition entrants, and current/former teachers for their participation in the 2011 Young Artist Competition.

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