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

Ray Still 90th Birthday Celebration!!!

March 15, 2010
Honoring Ray Still, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony for forty years (1953-1993) and former Northwestern University faculty (1960-2004).
Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University
Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, Evanston, IL

5:00PM Ray Still Master Class
7:30PM Celebration Concert and Reception

Free and open to the the public! For more information, please email

The Youth Orchestra Foundation of Chile will hold the 1º Reed Conference in Chile this month. Topics covered will be clarinet, oboe and bassoon, reeds, solo and chamber music repertoire. The conference is aimed at teachers and instructors, students of all levels, members of youth orchestras, children and professionals. The activities will be conducted by professors Rubén Albornoz (oboe), Ezequiel Fainguersch (bassoon) and Jorge Montilla (clarinet), and will be held from 26 to 28 November 2009 in Santiago, Chile.

To register or obtain more information:

Registration deadline: November 20, 2009.

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 Midwest Double Reed Society and the University of Kansas Double Reed Festival will take place on October 3 & 4 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. Guests, Daniel Stolper, Interlochen Arts Academy, Professor Emeritus Michigan State University, & George Sakakeeny, Professor of Bassoon, Oberlin College will present master classes and a recital. $25 for non-members, $15 for student non-members and senior citizens. For a schedule of events or questions contact Margaret Marco, KU Associate Professor of Oboe at, or Eric Stomberg, KU Associate Professor of Bassoon at or visit

Sextofestival The Sixth Annual Double Reed Festival of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean will take place from September 21-25, 2009 in Panama City, Panama. It is sponsored by the National Institute of Culture. This year’s teachers will be Pedro Díaz, oboe/english horn and Benjamin Coelho, bassoon.

More information.

To enroll, contact Professor Juan Castillo at Email:, telephone: (507) 399-6226.

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!


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.