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I wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

All the best,
Keith Sweger
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410

President, International Double Reed Society
sweger@idrs.org

VanHoesenK. David Van Hoesen, Professor Emeritus of Bassoon at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and former principal bassoonist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, died on Monday, Oct. 3, in Pittsburgh, Penn. An Honorary Member of the International Double Reed Society who stayed active as a performer until his retirement from the Lake Placid Sinfonietta in 2011, Professor Van Hoesen was 90 years old.

Born on June 29, 1926, in Rochester, N.Y., Professor Van Hoesen came from a musical family. His father, violinist and conductor Karl Van Hoesen, taught at the Eastman School and in the Rochester public schools. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree at Eastman in 1950, Professor David Van Hoesen taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music before joining the Eastman faculty in 1954.

During his 37-year tenure at Eastman, he taught students who went on to hold leading positions with major symphony orchestras in the United States and Europe–the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, National Symphony of Washington D.C., San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to name a few–and professorships in universities and colleges including The Juilliard School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Cleveland Institute, and others.

In 1984, Professor Van Hosen received the Eastman School of Music’s Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

“Not a day goes by where I don’t think of him, as his voice and his sound completely permeate my playing and my teaching,” said Judith LeClair, Principal Bassoon of the New York Philharmonic. “I will strive my entire life to uphold his great teaching and style and to share these influences with young students.”

“He was my musical father; I count my musical life as my time before and after I studied with him,” said Barrick Stees, Assistant Principal Bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra and instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent/Blossom. “He was especially kind after I graduated, generous with his time if I had an audition or needed advice. I can’t say enough about how big an influence he was on me; and his influence as a bassoonist and teacher extended nationally and internationally.”

“The passing of K. David Van Hoesen was very sad news for all of us who had the pleasure and honor of being one of his pupils,” said George Sakakeeny, professor of bassoon at Eastman, who taught at Oberlin and other conservatories. “He was simply the greatest musician I have ever known who played the bassoon. His many contributions to his own students and to raising the artistic standards of bassoon playing in general will live on in the hearts and minds of all of us who both directly and indirectly learned and continue to learn from him.”

Professor Van Hoesen began his career as the inaugural bassoon professor at the Oberlin Conservatory from 1950 to 1954 and was second bassoonist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell and faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 1952 to 1954. He moved to Rochester, N.Y., to play Principal Bassoon in the Rochester Philharmonic under Erich Leinsdorf and began teaching at the Eastman School of Music. He can be heard on many Mercury recordings with the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra.

An active soloist and chamber music artist, Professor Van Hoesen recorded for the CRI and Caedmon labels. Notable recorded works are by Allan Blank and Alec Wilder. Mr. Wilder wrote the Phyllis McGinley Song Cycle for Professor Van Hoesen, harpist and daughter Gretchen Van Hoesen, and soprano Jan DeGaetani.

Professor Van Hoesen’s daughters Gretchen and Catherine continued the family’s music legacy, both studying in the Eastman School of Music’s Preparatory Department (now named the Eastman Community Music School), and Catherine received her master’s degree at Eastman. Gretchen is Principal Harp of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Catherine is first violinist with the San Francisco Symphony. His granddaughter Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton is the Principal Harp of the Toronto Symphony.

Professor Van Hoesen researched subjects related to reedmaking tools and musical acoustics. He designed bassoon and reedmaking equipment and electronic equipment to measure acoustical impedance of bocals and instruments, which began while working with Arthur Benade at Case Western in 1981. In addition, throughout his career and in retirement he transcribed and published dozens of arrangements for woodwind instruments.

In a 1986 newspaper interview, Professor Van Hoesen said: “One of my students said something to me recently – ‘You know, you teach us to teach ourselves.’ I guess that really is so. I’m not trying to teach them every note of a piece … I don’t want them to be carbon copies of my interpretations. If someone tries to play like someone else, it never comes off effectively.”

Professor Van Hoesen continued his close ties to the Eastman community after his retirement, and performed frequently as a soloist. Of a 1993 performance of the Francaix Divertissement with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, the Times-Union praised his “seamless phrasing and honeyed tone, elegant and warmly human,” as well as his “finesse, lyricism, and airy charm.”

“David enriched this school, not only because he was such a wonderful musician and teacher, but especially because he was such an exemplary and caring human being,” said Vincent Lenti, Professor of Piano and Eastman School historian. “When I joined the faculty in 1963, Dave and his wife were the first of my faculty colleagues to extend a hand in friendship towards me. I mourn his loss.”

Professor Van Hoesen is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol Morse Van Hoesen; his daughters, Gretchen S. Van Hoesen (and son-in-law James A. Gorton, retired co-principal oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony) and Catherine A. Van Hoesen; and his granddaughter, Heidi Van Hoesen.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel at Canterbury Place, 310 Fisk St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the “Eastman School of Music”, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester, NY 14604 with K. David Van Hoesen bassoon scholarship in the check memo line.

The Committee of the 2017 Young Artist Bassoon Competition is pleased to announce the repertoire for next year, which will take place at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. The Competition entries will be accepted starting on January 1, 2017 through an online application process. More information will be available at the end of August at http://idrs.org/competitions/ or contact Isabel Jeremias at jeremias@idrs.org

The 2017 Young Artist Bassoon Competition Repertoire:

  1. Antonio Vivaldi
    Concerto for bassoon and orch. en C minor F VIII, Nº14 RV480
    I. Allegro
    (edition of entrant’s choice)
  2. Gioachino Rossini
    Concerto for bassoon and orch.
    I. Allegro
    (Hoffmeister in Germany)
  3. William Davis
    Sonata for bassoon and piano
    I. Allegro grazioso, II. Recitative, III. Scherzo, IV. Finale
    (Southern Music Company)
  4. José Siqueira
    Drei Etüde für Fagott und Klavier
    I. Ad libitum-Allegro, II. Tempo di Modinha, III. Allegro scherzando
    (Trevco)

The Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition Committee is pleased to announce the repertoire for next year’s competition, which will take place at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, USA in June 2017. Competition entries will be accepted starting on or around January 1, 2017 through an online application process. More information will be available at the end of August at http://idrs.org/competitions/ or contact Margaret Marco at mmarco@ku.edu.

The 2017 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition Repertoire:

  1. Marin Marais
    Les Folies d’Espagne, couplets 1, 2, 3, 8,9,12,13,14,15,16, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 32, 1 (Alphonse Leduc)
  2. C.P.E. Bach
    Sonata in a minor for solo flute, Wq 132, (H562).
    Movement 1, Poco adagio & Movement 3, Allegro – (edition of entrant’s choice)
  3. York Bowen
    Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 85, Movement 2, Andante espressivo and Movement 3, Allegro giocoso – (Chester)
  4. Isang Yun
    Piri (entire piece) – (Boosey & Hawkes)
  5. For final round only:

  6. Paul Patterson
    Phoenix Concerto, Op. 102 – (Josef Weinberger)

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition. These finalists were chosen from a strong field of thirty-one applicants from eight countries: China, Germany, Korea, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the USA.
The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Hannah Cruse, USA, student of Erin Hannigan
  • Gabriel Young, USA, student of Linda Strommen
  • Kip Zimmerman, USA, student of Peter Cooper

The alternate selected is Cassie Pilgrim, USA, student of Richard Woodhams.

The International Double Reed Society wishes to extend the utmost gratitude to the first-round judges, David John Cowley (UK), Robert Stephenson (USA) and Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia (USA).

Please plan to attend the final competition on Tuesday, June 28th at the conference in Columbus, Georgia, USA.

On behalf of the 2016 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition Committee, I am pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s competition:

  • Nanci Belmont, USA
    Teachers include Frank Morelli, Jeffrey Keesecker, Maurizio Venturini
  • Quinn Delaney, USA
    Teachers include John Hunt, William Buchman
  • Francesco Giussani, Italy
    Teachers include Giorgio Versiglia, Diego Chenna
  • Michael Kaulartz, Germany
    Teachers include Ole Kristian Dahl, Audun Halvorsen
  • Riccardo Terzo, Italy
    Teachers include Maurizio Barigione, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Postinghel, Dag Jensen

The alternate is Zhongwang Wang, China. Teachers include William Winstead, George Sakakeeny, Eric Stomberg

The finalists will compete at the IDRS conference in Columbus, Georgia on June 29th. The winner will perform Bernhard Crusell’s Concertino on the final concert and receive a cash prize of $12,000 US. The second prize is a $8,000 US cash award. Other finalists will receive a $3000 US cash award.

The IDRS wishes to express our deepest appreciation to our preliminary round judges:

  • Mathias Rácz (Germany) Principal Bassoon of Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Professor at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
  • Fabián Contreras (Argentina) Principal Bassoon of Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba
  • Nicolasa Kuster (USA) University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • Lansong Li (China) Principal Bassoon of China Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing
  • Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam (Poland) Principal Bassoon of Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra and 1st prize winner of the 2012 Gillet-Fox Competition

Saxton Rose
Chair, Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition

The Benefic Chamber Music Camp will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from July 23 through July 31. Double Reed faculty includes: Dwight Perry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Leonid Sirotkin, assistant professor of oboe at DePauw University; and Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon at Ball State University. For more information: www.BeneficMusic.com: info@beneficmusic.com: 513.374.4577

I am very pleased to announce that Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, has agreed to serve as Artistic Advisor to the IDRS in its 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project.  In this capacity, Maestro Gilbert will be working with the Executive Committee in identifying composers for the three works (oboe concerto/concertino, bassoon concerto/concertino and oboe, bassoon, piano trio) that will be commissioned for the 50th anniversary of our society.  Many thanks to Jeff Rathbun and Lenny Hindell who spearheaded the effort to have Maestro Gilbert join us in this project.

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Keith Sweger
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306-0410

President, International Double Reed Society
sweger@idrs.org

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

The Committee Members of the 2015 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition for Oboe are pleased to announce the final results for this year’s competition:

1st Place
Sergio Sanchez, VENEZUELA
Student of Marcos Tarazona, Hermes Nunes, Victor Morles, Ricardo Riveiro, Diethelm Jonas, David Walter and Jacques Tys

2nd Place
Bunkichi Arakawa, JAPAN
Student of Sholo Ikeda, Tomoyuki Hirota, Satoki Aoyama, Yoshiaki Obata

Honorable Mention
Stuart Breczinski, USA
Student of Jacqueline Leclair, Humbert Lucarelli, Mark Weiger, John Snow, Rachel Brudnoy

Andrew Kawai, AUSTRALIA
Student of Seng Tong and Jeffrey Crellin

Huijing Xu, CHINA
Student of Dun Zhu, Lu Tang, Christian Schmitt, Francois Leleux

Competition Repertoire
Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata in C Minor, RV 53, entire work, take repeats in movement 3 only

Heinz Holliger Sonate, movements 3 and 4

Katherine Hoover Sonata for Oboe and Piano, movements 2 and 3

Final Round: Eugene Goossens, Oboe Concerto, Op. 45

The Members of the Gillet-Fox Oboe Committee and the Officers of the Executive Committee are deeply appreciative of the time, effort and expertise of the judging panel.

Members of the Preliminary Stage Judging Panel:
Robert Atherholt. Professor of Oboe, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Retired Principal Oboe, The Houston Symphony.
 
Sarah Francis. Fellow of the Royal College of Music and former Professor. Solo Oboist and Director of the London Harpsichord Ensemble.

Anne Gilby. Professor of Oboe, the University of Melbourne. Founding President of the Australasian Double Reed Society.
 
Làszlò Hadady.  Professor of Chamber Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
 
Marion Kuszyk.  Associate Principal Oboe, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Oboe Faculty, University of Southern California.

Members of the Final Stage Judging Panel:
Celia Craig. Principal Oboe, Adelaide Symphony. Lecturer in Oboe, Elder Conservatorium. Associate, Royal Academy of Music. Past-President, Australasian Double Reed Society.

Nancy Ambrose King, Professor of Oboe, University of Michigan. Former President, International Double Reed Society.

Yoshi Obata. Professor of Oboe, Tokyo University of the Arts.

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Oboe Faculty, Kennesaw State University.

Song-Lam Yiu, Director and Solo Oboe, Hong Kong Wind Kamerata.  Faculty, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 

Members of the Competition Committee:
Margaret Marco (Chair), Martin Schuring, Dan Stolper and Eric Stomberg

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

Saxton Rose
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The eighth annual Young Artist Competition was held this summer for bassoonists at the IDRS conference at the The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception in 2008, the Young Artist Competition gives double-reed artists under the age of 22 the opportunity to compete, and like the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition, it alternates each year between oboists and bassoonists. The IDRS sponsored competitions showcase the amazing talent in our double-reed communities throughout the world and this year was no different.

Three finalists and one alternate were chosen based on recordings submitted by 41 applicants from all over the world. These recordings were anonymously adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges including Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), and Alban Wesly (Netherlands). The finalists were Valeria Curti of Switzerland, a student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst, Geng Liang of Singapore, a student of Zhang Jin Min and Song Zhi Hong, and Kaspar Reh of Germany, a student of Selim Aykal and Frank Forst. Mathieu Brunet of France was chosen as the alternate.

Valeria, Geng and Kaspar competed on August 17th, playing selections from the following repertoire: The first movement of Koželuh’s Concerto in C Major, the third movement Molto Adagio and Allegro Moderato of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, four of Mignone’s Waltzes for Solo Bassoon including Pattapiada, Apanhei-te meu fagotinho (Valsa paródia), A Boa Páscoa Para Você Devos! and Valsa-Choro, and Franz Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26 movement I, Molto Andante, arranged by Masahito Tanaka.

This is a unique year in the history of the Young Artist Competition. Tojo Shigeko, the wife of the late Masahito Tanaka generously donated ¥300,000 Japanese Yen for a special prize to be awarded to the performer of the jury’s favorite performance of Tanaka’s arrangement of Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.

After deliberating, our extraordinary final round judges Sophie Dartigalongue (France), Albi Michlich (USA) and Koji Okasaki (Japan), chose Valeri Curti as the winner. She received a cash award of $4000 USD. Kaspar Reh was awarded second prize and a $2500 USD award. Third prize and $1000 USD went to Geng Liang. Valeri Curti also received the Tanaka prize.

The level of playing was truly remarkable and each of the finalists and their teachers should be applauded for the enormous amount of work and dedication, the result of which we were privileged to hear. Valeri performed the Doppler and Saint Saens on an evening recital Tuesday, August 18th. I would like to thank pianist Miyuki Washimiya for her beautiful playing throughout the conference and her exceptional accompaniment work during the competition.

As with all IDRS endeavors, the Young Artist Competition is the collective, volunteered effort of many people contributing in countless ways. I must thank Competitions Coordinator Eric Stomberg and Norma Hooks, IDRS Executive Secretary/ Treasurer, for their incalculable time and invaluable council and expertise. Thank you also to conference host Sugawara Hitomi and the conference staff for their organizational assistance.

Next year’s competition, coordinated by Geralyn Giovannetti, will feature oboists and will take place at IDRS 2016 in Columbus, Georgia at Columbus State University. Bassoonists can look forward to the 2017 competition at the conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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