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

A 5-day course on the beautiful Scottish west coast island of Raasay, led by leading british bassoon soloist Laurence Perkins

Improve your playing! Here is a unique opportunity for bassoonists of all levels to explore and develop a wide range of technical and musical aspects in their playing. This course (running from Monday to Friday) will cover in depth many of the main technical details necessary to achieve a good and satisfying standard of playing, including breathing and support, embouchure, resonance and tone production, tuning and practice technique. There are opportunities to take part in a solo performance class with piano – and of course there will be bassoon ensembles (graded according to playing level) – this will include a link with the bass clarinet course (running parallel) to play a wonderfully resonant version of the finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture for multiple bassoons and bass clarinets!

Island explorations between sessions, chances to explore a wonderful place, a remote Scottish island nestling between the magnificent Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye and the spectacular Applecross peninsular on the mainland. The weather varies, but there are often good days at this time of year, and the big advantage is that it is before most of the midges come out! Travel: flight to Glasgow, bus to Skye (Sconser ferry terminal) and ferry to Raasay. It’s an adventure, quite a lengthy journey overland, but through the most fabulous Scottish landscapes. APPLICATION FORM, plus travel, accommodation and other details at

If you live in the NYC area, you might be interested in this free recital by Windscape (wind quintet) on Tuesday Sept. 11 at Manhattan School of Music in NYC.  The recital is dedicated to the memory of bassoonist Jane Taylor of Dorian Wind Quintet fame who passed away in April.

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
Manhattan School of Music
Greenfield Auditorium 7:30 PM
Enter at 122nd Street and Broadway on the NW corner
FREE–No Tickets Required

The Glory of Vienna

An evening of new transcriptions for woodwind quintet:
In memory of our dear friend, bassoonist Jane Taylor

BEETHOVEN (arr. Frank Morelli) 7 Variations on Bel Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen, WoO 46
MAHLER (arr. David Jolley) Songs of a Wayfarer
SCHUBERT (arr. David Jolley) Quartet No. 13 in A Minor (“Rosamunde”), D. 804, op. 29
STRAUSS (arr. Alan R. Kay) Kaiser Waltzes

Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute
Randall Ellis, Oboe
Alan R. Kay, Clarinet
Frank Morelli, Bassoon
David Jolley, Horn

The University of Redlands School of Music presents Oboe Day 2012! Enjoy or participate in masterclasses with Liang Wang, Principal Oboist for the New York Philharmonic, and David Weiss, Former Principal Oboist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Join Nancy Huang and Jennifer Spier of RDG Woodwinds to have the opportunity to try different brands of oboes, and to learn oboe repair tips! Perfect your reedmaking skills with Francisco Castillo, available all day for any reed inquiries or tips. All registered attendees will be admitted to the Redlands Symphony Dress Rehearsal with Liang Wang as soloist playing the Strauss Oboe Concerto and the World Premiere of Francisco Castillo’s Rhapsody for Oboe and English Horn.

This event is free, but requires pre-registration! Please register through email by April 9, 2012. If you wish to perform in one of the masterclasses, please include with your registration the piece you would like to perform. Send all registration information or questions to or For more information about the University of Redlands, visit or email Also note that the University of Redlands Oboe Day is in conjunction with the Redlands Symphony concert featuring Liang Wang on Saturday, April 14. For ticket and concert information visit

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 or contact Dr. Sweeney ( or Dr. Sweger (

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:

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 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


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:

The Asian Double Reed Association is a new organization dedicated to serving the needs of all double reed players in Asia. The 2011 ADRA conference is the inaugural event of the organization and is being hosted by Mahidol University, College of Music, located just outside of Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference will feature four full days of concerts by leading double reed artists, as well as masterclasses, presentations, vendor exhibits, and double reed ensembles for all members to participate in. There will be a special hall setup for student performances and all double reed players in attendance will be encouraged to join the mass double reed ensembles that will perform on the final day of the conference. The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand’s leading orchestral ensemble, will be available for evening performances.

The conference will also feature a competition for oboe and bassoon with two separate categories (one for each instrument). The winners will receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform a concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra on the final concert of the conference. Contestants that place in the top 15 will receive a travel stipend to attend the conference.

The conference will also place an emphasis on traditional folk double reed instruments, promoting the historical culture of the region. Leading folk performers will be invited to present performances and research about these instruments.

The College of Music is the premier music school in Southeast Asia, offering world-class facilities with a warm and comfortable atmosphere, making the perfect venue to hold a conference.
The conference is open to all teachers, players, and students of the double reed instruments, as well as any fan and music lover. The College of Music and the ADRA welcome everyone to participate in this exciting event.

The conference will also present the The 1st International ADRA Oboe and Bassoon Competition:

Oboe Repertoire

1. J.S. Bach: Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1030
1st Movement
2nd Movement
Suggested publisher: Peters

2. Antal Dorati: Cinq Pieces pour le hautbois
1. La cigale et la fourmie
4. Berceuse
Suggested publisher: Boosey and Hawkes

3. W.A. Mozart: Oboe Concerto, K.314
Entire Piece
Suggested publisher: Barenreite

Note: The above suggested publishers are not mandatory.

Bassoon Repertoire

1. Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in E Minor, F.Viii, no. 6, RV 484, P137
Entire Piece
Any Publisher

2. Franz Berwald, Concert Piece in F, Op. 2
Entire Piece
Any Publisher

3. Francisco Mignone, 16 Valses para Fagote
3. Misterioso
7. Valsa
Any Publisher

The repertoire will be the same for both the tape round and the final round. The competition winners will perform the Mozart Oboe Concerto and the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in E Minor with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, August 19.


1st Prize: 100,000 Thai Baht ($3300 approx)
2nd Prize: 75,000 Thai Baht
3rd Prize: 50,000 Thai Baht

The Midwest Double Reed Society and the University of Kansas present the Ninth Annual Double Reed Festival on October 30 and 31 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, hosted by Margaret Marco and Eric Stomberg. MDRS officers and executive members Nora Lewis, Susan Maxwell, Rod Ackmann, Celeste Johnson, Margaret Marco and Eric Stomberg offer performance classes, reed clinics and a gala recital. Justin Miller, Miller Marketing will present his wares and a reed making class.

For a schedule of events visit or contact Margaret Marco, KU Associate Professor of Oboe at, or Eric Stomberg, KU Associate Professor of Bassoon at

由前世界双簧协会主席石川 善之(Ishikawa Yoshiyuki)先生牵首组织召开的亚洲双簧协会(ADRA)第一界筹建理事工作会议,于3月29日、30日在香港艺术发展中心召开。应邀出席会议人员分别来自日本、中国、中国香港、中国台湾和泰国等地(韩国暂缺)。继续

Note: About ADRA in Chinese from