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

The IDRS 2015 registration, housing and exhibitor payment pages are now fully functional – – and will now accept payments by VISA, MASTERCARD, AND AMERICAN EXPRESS. The credit card company often will block or send a fraud alert for foreign transactions. IDRS 2015 hosts advise you to do the following:

Contact your credit card company before completing this transaction to avoid a fraud alert. The credit card processing company for Visa and Mastercard is BASE, and for American Express is STORES.JP.

Also please note that the default setting for the following, written in Japanese, is checked. Uncheck it if you do not want to receive this service: 

メールマガジン (email magazine) – ショップから新作の商品情報やお得なセール情報を受け取る (select if you wish to subscribe to the online shopping magazine).

The 2015 IDRS Conference registration, on-campus housing reservation and exhibitor invitation site is now open. You may register for the conference and reserve your on-campus housing from this link – Payment for registration will be managed by a separate site and will be open on May 1. Your registration will secure your position for the “Early” discount and your priority status for the NYC on-campus housing. Conference registration is REQUIRED to reserve NYC on-campus housing. You will be notified when the payment site is open. Please use the information on the confirmation email to submit your payment.
Important information:

Conference Registration
• Payment must be received by 1 June 2015 to qualify for the early registration discount. Japan time is 14 hours ahead of US Central, and 10 hours ahead of London time.
• Credit card transactions will be processed in Japan. To insure payment, please contact your credit card company and inform it of this transaction.
• Conference registration will require a passport-type photo for the conference ID card. (Jpg format, 300KB max). Please have your photo ready.
NYC on-campus housing
• A single room with private bath, and a single room with a shared bath are available at the location of the IDRS 2015 conference, NYC. These rooms are available at a discounted rate of 2000 Yen “room with shared bath” and 4000 Yen “room with private bath” per night.
• Rooms are separated into male and female units. No coed facilities or family units are available at this time on the NYC campus. The IDRS 2015 has submitted a request for family and coed housing. Availability of family and coed housing can not be confirmed at this time.
• The NYC campus room availability is limited, especially for 19 August.
• Hotel rooms on the NYC campus are not available before 14 August or after 19 August. We have arranged for special room rates at selected hotels near the NYC campus for IDRS 2015 conference participants. JTB Tours, the official travel agent of the IDRS 2015 Conference, will manage reservations for all non-NYC affiliated hotels. The hotel reservation site with JTB will be available soon. IDRS members will be informed when the site is open.

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

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.

Announcing the 2014 Young Artist Competition for Oboe, to be held at the IDRS Conference at New York University and open to oboists who have not reached their 22nd birthday by the final round of the competition, August 7th, 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 Michele Fiala, Competition Chair at with any questions.

Early Registration sale prices are extended through Sunday night May 26th! Come to IDRS 2013 Conference June 25-29 in sunny Southern California at the University of Redlands, just east of Los Angeles.

Visit our website at to read about the great variety of exhibitors who will be there with the latest double reed products and instruments, and the wonderful performers from all over the world who will be featured. Several evening and Saturday afternoon performances will include double reed concerto performances with orchestra or string ensemble. There will be morning lectures and many daytime concerts and master classes. See information on getting to Redlands, on campus housing, hotels, reading sessions, and more under Conference information and Event information. Evening programs and daytime schedules are listed under Event Schedules. Come have a delicious meal and wine and enjoy a chamber music concert in the gorgeous outdoor setting of a California Winery on Thursday night.

We hope to see you there!

Carolyn Beck and Francisco Castillo
Co-hosts IDRS 2013

Ball State University announces the dates for its Benefic Chamber Music Camp. The camp, extended to 10 days, will be held on the Ball State campus from July 19-28, 2013. Benefic Chamber Music Camp is an intensive learning experience designed to enhance the chamber playing and collaborative skills of string, woodwind, horn, and piano students from high school through the first years of college.

Students are instructed by artists and teachers of international renown, with extensive experience and expertise as educators, chamber musicians, and as members of major symphony orchestras. Double Reed faculty for 2013 include Aryn Day Sweeney, oboe, and Keith Sweger, bassoon, both members of the Ball State School of Music faculty.

Camp activities include:
· Daily chamber ensemble coaching
· Record-and-Review ensemble sessions
· Individual coaching focused on mastering assigned chamber music repertoire
· Private lessons
· Master classes by Camp Faculty and Guest Artists
· Chamber Orchestra
· Concerto Competition: winner performs with BCMC Orchestra
· Guest Artist and Faculty Concerts and Presentations
· Student performances at Sursa Hall with high-tech tunable acoustics

Bonus programs include seminars and workshops on musician’s development:
-Health and Wellness: Alexander Technique
-The Art of Collaboration
-The Art of Improvisation
-The Art of Sight-Reading
-The Art of Recording
-The Art of Composition
-Effective Practice Techniques
-Preparation to Public Performance: Strategies and Tips
-Audition Preparation
-Instrument Maintenance and much more!

Application fee is waived for students applying before March 1st, and reduced tuition is offered to students applying before April 15th. Camp capacity is limited to 40 students.

Limited scholarships are available as well as discounts for pre-formed groups and siblings.

Contact Aryn Sweeney or Keith Sweger for more information.

The Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute is led by some of the world’s finest musicians in the field of baroque performance. This comprehensive training programme, held at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, includes orchestra and choir rehearsals, masterclasses, opera scene study for singers, chamber ensembles, private lessons, lectures and workshops, and concerts by both participants and faculty.

We invite advanced students, pre-professional, and professional musicians to apply by March 21, 2013. For information and applications, please visit or call 416.964.9562 ex 241

Bassoonist David Sogg w/Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sat. Oct.13, 11am
FREE (with ticket from box office which you can obtain upon arrival.)
David Sogg, co-principal bassoonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, will be performing the North American premiere of the C major Concerto by Johann Gottlieb Graun on Saturday October 13, 2012 at 11 AM in Heinz Hall, accompanied by the Pittsburgh Symphony under the baton of Fawzi Haimor. FREE tickets are available at the box office before the concert. The concert, which will last about an hour, also contains Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain, and movements from Mozart’s 40th, Brahms’s 3rd, and Dvorak’s 9th Symphonies.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra features principal bassoonist Robert Williams on November 9-11 with performances of John Williams’ masterful and challenging concerto, Five Sacred Trees.  The Sunday performance (Nov.11 @ 3pm) will be webcast live.  Visit for more details.