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The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 30th annual Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox performance competition being held for oboists in the summer of 2011 at the annual conference in Tempe, AZ, USA. Further details will be available in the competition brochure and on this website in early fall. For questions, please contact Margaret Marco,

Competition Repertoire:

  1. J.S. Bach
    G Minor Sonata, BWV 1030b
    movements 2 and 3, no repeats (Edition Peters)
  2. Dirk-Michael Kirsch
    movements 3, 4 & 5 (Accolade Musikverlag)
  3. Henri Dutilleux
    movements 1 and 2 (Alphonse Leduc)
  4. Clara Schumann
    Romance No. 2 for Violin (oboe), Op. 22 (Beitkopf und Haertel)
  5. Bohuslav Martinu
    Concerto (Eschig) (entire concerto; final round only)

Wake Your Wild Voice (2009) for bassoon, with cello (world premiere)
Commissioned by Birmingham Conservatoire,
with support from RVW Trust & Leche Trust
Judith Weir (b.1954) Pub: Chester Novello

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The IDRS Video Enhancement Project on is now complete.  The video archive available on is now served via a database engine. The database engine permits members to search through all IDRS video recordings on the site with the use of key words. For example, upon entering the key words “low strings,” the database will find video Popov_shastakovitch_1Mbps_Stream-H264performances of the Concerto for bassoon and low strings (1975), by Sofia Gubaidulina, and the Concerto for bassoon and low strings, by Ana Sokolovic, both performed by Stephane Levesque during the most recent IDRS conference at Birmingham, UK. Both examples are also in HD! The database also allows for a broad search. For example, one can find and display all thirty-five available video recordings of performances and master classes from the 2006 IDRS conference. To access the video site, members can look for the multimedia link on the home page.

Currently, there are 210 video segments available on, which are comprised of performances, master classes, interviews and a complete video archive of the Fernand Gillet – Hugo Fox International Competition from the past seven years. All video segments of performances are available to IDRS members only.

In 2002, Yoshi Ishikawa, editor of IDRS OnLine publications and former president of IDRS (1994-1997), conceived, created, and began the IDRS Video Enhancement Project. The objective of this project has been to produce one-of-a-kind, historical, and innovative video segments, which will inspire, educate, and entertain performers, pedagogues and students of double reed instruments. The goal has been to make available these video segments to the public via the most current technology.Levewque_1Mbps_Stream-H264

Ishikawa is assisted by Saxton Rose, associate editor of IDRS OnLine publications. The current and former video crew includes Saxton Rose, Brian Jack, Michael Christoph, Eric Johnson and George Downing. Ishikawa is the professor bassoon performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, and Saxton Rose is a member of the artist faculty (bassoon performance) at the University of North Carolina, School of Music. Both Yoshi Ishikawa and Saxton Rose are active as soloists and have performed and presented master classes throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania, and South America. Video segments, which feature both Ishikawa and Rose, are part of the IDRS Video collection.

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the third annual performance competition for young artists.

First prize for the 2010 competition is a $2000 US cash award. The second prize is a $1000 US cash award. The third prize is a $500 US cash award.

pdfDownload the application to print

1. Eligibility. Oboists who have not reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (June 24, 2010) are eligible to enter, but no previous first prize winner of the IDRS Young Artist Competition is eligible to participate. All entrants must be current members of the IDRS. For membership information, contact:

Norma Hooks, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
2423 Lawndale Rd.
Finksburg, MD 21048-1401

Telephone: (410) 871-0658
Fax: (410) 871-0659

2. Levels of Competition. There are two levels of competition.
A. Preliminary Stage. All entrants must send a completed application form; an application fee of $35 US payable to IDRS by check drawn against a US bank or by credit card (VISA or Mastercard only); and a CD containing the repertoire listed below, performed in the order listed, to the competition chairman. The recording should include:

  • G. F. Handel: Sonata in B-flat Major, “Fitzwilliam”, Movements 2 and 3, with repeats
    (Nova Music edition)
  • Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations, Variation 4 through the end
    (Kunzelman or Musica Rara edition)
  • Gordon Jacob: Seven Bagatelles for solo oboe, all movements
    (Oxford University Press)
  • Edmund Rubbra: Sonata in C for Oboe and Piano, Op. 100, movement 1
    (Masters Music)

To be considered, all application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2010. Entries should be mailed to:
Timothy Clinch, Chair, IDRS Young Artist Competition for Oboe
School of Music – MIB132
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410 USA

Telephone: 765-285-5549
Fax: 765-285-5578

B. Final Stage – Three finalists will be selected by the competition committee, with the results announced by April 15, 2010. If selected for the finals, all applicants must agree to appear and perform in the finals. The final round will be heard by a distinguished panel of judges in an open concert at the International Double Reed Society meeting in Norman, Oklahoma, USA, June 22-26, 2010. Repertoire for the final round will be the same as that for the preliminary stage, except the finalists must be prepared to perform the entire Hummel Introduction, Theme, and Variations; the judges will select portions of the repertoire for use in the competition. A professional accompanist will be provided for the contestants; however, contestants may elect to use an accompanist of their own choosing at their own expense. The decision of the judges is final. The judges may elect to award fewer prizes than outlined above or no prizes. IDRS will pay the registration fee for the entire conference week for each finalist. The winner of the competition will agree to perform a half-hour program selected from the competition repertoire on a concert during the 2010 IDRS Conference.

The IDRS would like to congratulate the following bassoonists who took part in the finals of the Young Artist Competition in Birmingham, England on Thursday, July 23, 2009.

First Place: Lola Descours, France ($2000 Cash Prize)
Second Place: Sophie Dartigalongue, France ($1000 Cash Prize)
Honorable Mention: Joseph Grimmer, USA ($500 Cash Prize)

IDRS would also like to thank the following people for their wonderful artistry and service to the society:
Jo Sealey, pianist

Final Round Judges
Isabel Jeremias
Phillip Kolker
Marc Vallon

Preliminary Round Judges
Sue Heineman
Jeff Keesecker
Amy Marinello

The inaugural Young Artist Competition in bassoon was a great success! We look forward to the next YAC in bassoon in 2011 in Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Eric Stomberg
Chair, Young Artist Competition in bassoon
International Double Reed Society

Post-Conference Trip to Whitehall Cottage
We are delighted to announce that on Sunday 26th July, we will be organising a trip to see Bill Waterhouse’s instrument collection and library in Gloucestershire.

The 2 mini-coaches leave Town Hall at 10am, and will arrive back at around 6pm. The trip includes time to look around the library and a short recital on the instruments themselves as well as lunch and tea provided by the local Women’s Institute!

The cost of the trip is £35 and includes travel and food. Tickets are very VERY limited for this – so get them whilst you can! They can be booked by logging back into your registration form online, and adding them to you conference booking. You can then pay by card or cheque as usual. Alternatively, you can call Sarah Garner on +44 (0)1562 821 715 to arrange this addition to your conference registration.

It will be possible to purchase tickets for this at the conference, if you are able to make your own way there. These tickets will be £15 (just to cover food), but will be in VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY (thats 5 verys, doesn’t happen that often) short supply! Best to get tickets now to be guaranteed a place on the trip

Masterclass places have now almost filled up, however we are still accepting further applications to take part in a masterclass – particularly on bassoon!

Let me know if you would like to take part. There is a masterclass participation form on the website which you can fill out and submit in order to be considered. Successful applicants will be informed of their masterclasses on 1 June – the closing date for submissions is 31 May! Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, as long as you meet entrance requirements.

All students who take part are required to submit a biog (no more than 200 words) and image (preferably of themselves!) for the programme book along with a CD recording representative of their playing standard.

ALL OF THIS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 31 MAY, so make sure that I have your forms back in plenty of time, so I know to expect other accompanying material!

IDRS 2009 visted the recent BDRS Convention in Northampton. This was a great opportunity to talk to BDRS Members, and answer many of their questions about the conference. So far, Registrations represent 32 Countries, however – it is important to us that many British DR players are in attendance as this really is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of a very special event!

Interactive Workshops
What? Is it possible that even more is on offer at IDRS 2009?! Yes! It is true! We are very excited to announce that, as well as the usual reading sessions, 3 other interactive workshops will be taking place during the conference.

Yoshi Inada and Margeret Edis will be conducting Alexander Technique lessons during Weds 22 and Thurs 23 (giving a short introduction to AT on Tues 21)

Stella Dickinson will be presenting performance coaching workshops for “Worried, Wobbly or Wild oboists” on Thurs 23 and Fri 24. This class is open to all ages and abilities!

Finally Melanie Ragge will be with us all week presenting “EMG Sessions” Sessions. Armed with an EMG machine, Mel will be conducting 1-1 sessions with interested delegates who suffer from muscular tension. Those of you who attended the Ithaca conference in 07 will remember her from there!

More information on how to sign up for these sessions will be available in the Programme Book you will receive on arrival to the conference! For further detail about each session, check out the event calendar –

New Featured Artist Interview
Check out the new featured artist interview with Brazilian bassoonist Fabio Cury. Fabio will be performing Mignone’s Concertino for bassoon and orchestra in the opening Gala concert with Orchestra of the Swan (Tues 21 July), and will present a lecture on the same work on Thursday 23 July, 9am in Lecture Room 1, Birmingham Conservatoire. You can view the interview by going to:

…and if there is anyone you would like us to interview as part of our Featured Artist series, what are you waiting for?! Let us know! and we will do our best to oblige.

If you would like to volunteer for the conference, you have only a couple of weeks left to get in touch. We’ve had so many people interested to help out, that soon we will have to turn some away!

If you would like to volunteer at IDRS 2009. Drop me a line at, and let me know your name, phone number, your college and what instrument you play, along with why you would like to help out! Volunteers will be required to work for 4 hours per day, and will be needed from midday onwards on Monday 20 July for training and psychological testing (!)

Registration and Accomodation
Just a final reminder (if you haven’t died from exhaustion after reading this message!) that you can register and book for the conference online or by calling Sarah Garner on +44 (0)1562 821 715.

If you have registered already – then make sure you have sorted out your accommodation! Go to:

That’s all for now! Back with another fun-packed update soon!


The last few weeks have been fantastic here at IDRS 2009 HQ! Registrations from all over the world have been flying in!

If you have already registered for the conference, then check out the great deals we have on hotel accommodation throughout the City. You can reserve a room by clicking here: or alternatively you can call the Accommodation hotline on +44 (0)121 202 5005. All hotels are within the city centre, and many have reduced their rates EVEN FURTHER for the conference week! All accommodation is to be paid on arrival to the hotel, and are all within 15 mins walk maximum of the Conservatoire (most within a 5min walk).

If you want to stay in budget/student accommodation, then you can click here: and reserve a room in the Opal One Student Accommodation for just £126 for the whole week. Please note, this is a 25min walk away from the Conservatoire (or a 5min bus ride).

Our wonderful friends at have also compiled a whole load of very special IDRS 2009 discounts that can used throughout the conference week. From discounts in resturants, to tourist attractions to nightclubs – there’s something here for everyone!

We are also very excited that, following his performance at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition, french oboist David Walter will be giving a recital on Saturday 25th July in the Recital Hall!

Finally, do check out the fabulous IDRS 2009 website on your lunchbreak today! We’ve just uploaded our next interview in our Featured Artist series. This weeks interview is with bassoonist Lorelei Dowling.

As always, send your questions, wads of cash and other assorted bribes to me at

Bye for now!


Applications to participate in the IDRS 2009 masterclass series are now open! To be eligible to participate, you must be a student with a recognized higher education institution (university, college, conservatoire etc…). You can apply via an e-form at Go to the participate-exhibit section, then click on “Participate in a masterclass.” Please note, you will need to submit a biography, photo and CD recording in order to complete your application.

Oboe Masterclasses

  • Emmanuel Abbuhl
  • Sarah Francis
  • Alex Klein
  • Gordon Hunt
  • Francois Leleux
  • Christine Pendrill
  • Christian Schmitt

Bassoon Masterclasses

  • Roger Birnstingl
  • Robert Codd
  • Carlo Colombo
  • Pascal Gallois
  • Valeri Popov
  • Yoshihide Kiryu

July 21-25, 2009: The first Conference to be held in the UK for 20 years, celebrates music ‘old’ and ‘new’, exploring British, European and American influences through celebrity performances, masterclasses, seminars, trade stands, social events and more. IDRS 2009 is hosted by Birmingham Conservatoire (Prof George Caird, Principal), one of the UK’s leading music colleges situated in the heart of England. More information.