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The finalists and alternate for the 2010 Gillet-Fox Bassoon Competition have been selected.  The finalists, listed alphabetically, are:

  • Constantin Barcov, former student of Ronald Wirt and Dag Jensen
  • Sophie Dartigalongue, former student of Carlo Colombo and Jean Pignoly
  • Emily Hultmark, former student of Martin Gatt, Graham Salvage, Volker Tessmann, Stepan Turnovsky, Robin O’Neill, and Anders Engstrom
  • Fei Xie, former student of George Sakakeeny and Benjamin Kamins
  • Philipp Zeller, former student of Albrecht Holder and Dag Jensen
  • The selected alternate is:

  • Amanda Swain, student of Christopher Millard and Lewis Kirk, former student of Kristin Wolfe Jensen and Jeff Robinson

The Gillet-Fox final round will be held in Sharp Hall on Friday, June 25, from 9:00am-11:30am at the IDRS2010 conference, hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK, USA.  The final round is open to conference attendees.  The winner of the competition will perform the Mignone Concertino with orchestra on the Saturday, June 26 evening concert.

Judges for the preliminary round were:

  • Pascal Gallois, International Musikinstitut (Darmstadt); Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Zurich)
  • Peter Kolkay, Assistant Professor of Bassoon, University of South Carolina; Principal Bassoon, South Carolina Philharmonic
  • Bram van Sambeek, Principal Bassoon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Alexandre Silvério, Principal Bassoon, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
  • Robert Williams, Principal Bassoon, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Instructor of Bassoon, Wayne State University

The IDRS expresses its thanks to the preliminary round judges, all competition entrants, and current/former teachers for their participation in the 2010 Gillet-Fox competition.

Keith Sweger, Chair, 2010 Gillet-Fox International Bassoon Competition

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

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The finalists of the 2010 Young Artist Competition for Oboe have been chosen.

The three finalists (listed alphabetically) are:

  • Gina Ford, a student of Erin Hannigan at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Camille Joutard, a student of Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jérôme Guichard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France
  • Matt Lengas, a student of Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, USA

The designated alternate is:

John Upton, a student of Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, USA

The finalists will perform in the final round, which will be held Thursday morning, June 24, 2010 at IDRS2010 at the University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. The winner of the competition will perform a recital on Friday morning, June 25, 2010 at IDRS2010.

The preliminary round judges were:

Washington Barella, Solooboist of the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg; Visiting Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Köln
Dr. Doris DeLoach, Professor of Oboe, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Dr. Rebecca Schalk Nagel, Professor of Oboe, University of South Carolina; principal oboe, South Carolina Philharmonic.
The IDRS extends its thanks to the preliminary round judges, the candidates who submitted recordings for consideration, and their teachers.

Timothy Clinch, Oboe Coordinator, International Double Reed Society Young Artist Competition


On March 29 – 30, 2010, twelve double reed artist performers from Asia met in Hong Kong to consider the proposal submitted by the Japan Bassoon Association and the International Double Reed Society to create the Asian Double Reed Association. The purpose of ADRA is to unite Asian teachers, performers, researchers and students of ethnic and European double reed instruments. The committee agreed to officially establish ADRA, and it selected the governing board, adopted policies and procedures, and planned events.

Tzong Heng Kuo, Rong Yi Liu, Chang Tian Piao

The Japan Bassoon Society proposed the creation of ADRA in 2008, and IDRS officially endorsed the organization as one of the Society’s associate members. The founding committee includes oboists and bassoonists who represent conservatories, orchestras, instrument manufacturers and double reed organizations in Asia. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa will serve as the chairman. ADRA will be incorporated in Japan, and the organization will recruit membership throughout Asia. The first festival of ADRA is planned for 2011 in Thailand. More details will be announced at a later date.

Yoshi Ishikawa, Ji Cheng Feng, Shui Kam

The ADRA meeting was held at the Arts Development Council in Hong Kong, and was graciously hosted by Yiu Song Lam (IDRS member). There is considerable work to be accomplished by the committee. The leadership is confident that ADRA will significantly contribute to the advancement of both ethnic and European double reed playing in Asia.

ADRA  Board – From left to right

Tzong Heng Kuo, Vice Professor of Bassoon at Taipei National University of the Arts and Taipei Municipal University of Education; Shui Kam, Principal Bassoon of Hong Kong Philharmonic Society; Chang Tian Piao, Professor of Oboe, China’s Central University for Nationalities, Conservatory of Music; Rong Yi Liu, (oboe) Chairman of Graduate Institute of Music and Performaing Arts Department of Music at National Chia Yi University in Taiwan; Yiu Song Lam, (oboe) Faculty of Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Chinese University, and Director of Hong Kong Wind Kamerata; Yoshihide Kiryu, (bassoon) Chairman of Japan Bassoon Association; Ji Cheng Feng, Professor of Bassoon at Xian Central Conservatory; Takashi Yamakami, (bassoon) Secretary General of Japan Bassoon Association; Jiping Tan, Principal Bassoonist at Hamburg Camerata, owner of Tan’s Fagotteria, Fachwerkstatt und Vertrieb für Fagott; Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, IDRS board member, Professor of bassoon, University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music; Michael Garza,  Principal bassoon of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra; Chris Schaub, Bassoonist of Bangkok Philharmonic, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Master’s Degree Program at Mahidol University, Thailand.

Yoshihide Kiryu, Chris Schaub, Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Jiping Tan


ADRA Governing Board (listed Alphabetically by country and family name)

Ji Cheng Feng, bassoon
Professor of Oboe
Xian Central Conservatory

Michael Garza, bassoon
Principal bassoon, Guangzhou Symphony

Chang Tian Piao, oboe
Professor of Oboe
China’s Central University for Nationalities, Conservatory of Music

Jiping Tan, bassoon
Principal Bassoonist at Hamburg Camerata
Fachwerkstatt und Vertrieb für Fagott

Hong Kong
Yiu Song Lam, oboe
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Hong Kong Chinese University
Director, the Hong Kong Wind Kamerata

Shui Kam, bassoon
Principal Bassoon
Hong Kong Philharmonic Society

Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, bassoon
IDRS board member (Editor, IDRS OnLine Publications)
Professor of bassoon University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music

Yoshihide Kiryu, Professor of bassoon
Former Principal Bassoon, NHK Philharmonic, Japan
Tokyo College of Music
Chairman of Japan Bassoon Association

Takashi Yamakami, bassoon
Secretary General of Japan Bassoon Association

Tzong Heng Kuo, bassoon
Vice Professor of Bassoon at Taipei National University of Arts
Taipei Municipal University of Education

Rong-Yi Liu, Professor of oboe
Department of Music at National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Chris Schaub, bassoon
Bassoonist of Bangkok Philharmonic
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Master’s Degree Program Mahidol University

The IDRS Executive board has adopted a new policy regarding access to IDRS publications. THE COMPLETE DIGITAL ARCHIVE of IDRS publications, from issue No. 1 entitled To The World’s Bassoonists (1968) to the most current issue, is available to IDRS members (excluding institutional members). Non-IDRS members must join the society if they wish to gain access to the archive. To access the archive, login to and select publications.

IDRS members must enter a different username and password (not your username and password) to access publications. We are building an interface that will allow members to access publication archives using their own We appreciate your patience during this transitional period.

To see the username and password to access the digital archive of IDRS publications, please do the following:

1. Login to

2. Select Publications from the menu bar.

3. Select one of the following:

4. Reselect  your choice AGAIN from the pull-down menu

5. Select Find Records

6. Look for the username and password under Excerpt Abstract column.

The is the only resource that houses all IDRS publications. In addition to publication archives, IDRS members have access to:

*FREE SCORES AND SHEET MUSIC available at to download and print. Oboe and bassoon concertos, woodwind quintets (complete scores and parts for Danzi, Reicha, and Cambini), etude books including Barret, Ferling, Brod, and dozens of other chamber music works, including some one-of-a-kind chamber music scores and parts.

*RECORDINGS (midi files) of many of the etudes above are at These are especially valuable for students to learn tempi, check notes, hear expanded accompaniments, etc.

* A complete searchable IDRS MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY

*VIDEOS Streaming videos of conference concerts, recitals, master classes, interviews, and a complete video archive of the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox competition from 2002 to present. Over 200 video streams, and the archive is growing. All video streams are catalogued and searchable.

Celebrating Double Reeds: A Festschrift honoring the lives of William Waterhouse and Philip Bate and their very important contributions to the double reed world. This attractive hard cover book includes articles from authors such as Geoffrey Burgess, James Kopp, Doug Spaniol and Ronald Klimko, and explores double reed topics both historical and contemporary.

Help support IDRS and enjoy this great publication honoring the contributions of these two very important double reed historians.

To order, use this printable order form:
pdfOrder form

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the 30th annual performance competition for oboists and bassoonists. The competition is dedicated to the memory of the late master oboist and Honorary member of the IDRS, Fernand Gillet, and to the memory of master bassoonist Hugo Fox, principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1922-1949. First prize for the 2010 competition is an $8,000 US cash award. The second prize is a $3,000 US cash award. Other finalists will receive a $1000 US cash award.

pdfDownload the application to print

Bassoonists who have not reached their 31st birthday before the date of the final audition (July 25, 2010) are eligible to enter, but no previous first prize winner of the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition is eligible to participate. All entrants must be current members of the IDRS. For membership information, contact:

Norma Hooks, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
International Double Reed Society
2423 Lawndale Rd.
Finksburg, MD 21048-1401
Telephone: (410) 871-0658
Fax: (410) 871-0659

There are two levels of competition.
A. Preliminary Stage – All entrants must send a completed application form; an application fee of $75 US payable to IDRS by check drawn against a US bank or by credit card (VISA and Mastercard only); and a CD containing the entire repertoire list, performed in the order listed, to the competition chair. The works on the CD must include piano accompaniment and contain the following:

1. Johannes Brahms
Sonata for Piano and Violoncello in e minor, op. 38
Movements I, III, no repeat
(recommended edition: G. Henle Verlag 18)

2. Jean Françaix
Divertissement pour Basson et Quintette á cordes (Réduction pour Piano)
Movements I-IV
(B. Schott’s Söhne FAG 17)

3. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata in d minor for solo bassoon, arr. by Mordechai Rechtman
Movements I-III, all repeats
(Emerson Edition 258)

To be considered, all application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2010. Entries should be mailed to:

Keith W. Sweger, Chair,
IDRS Gillet-Fox Competition for Bassoon
School of Music – MIB125
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410 USA
Telephone: (765) 285-5511
Fax: (765) 285-5578

B. Final Stage – Up to five finalists will be selected by the competition committee, with the results announced by April 15, 2010. 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 with the addition of the Francisco Mignone Concertino for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra, (LRQ Publishing LRQ 1a), movements I-II. The judges will select portions of each of the four pieces listed above 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 provide meals and lodging for each of the finalists for the duration of the Conference. The winner of the competition will agree to perform the entire Mignone Concertino on a concert during the 2010 IDRS Conference.

Louis Rosenblatt, English Hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for 36 years, and honorary member of the IDRS passed away Monday afternoon, August 24th. He was 81. The IDRS joins his wife Renate, and his family and friends in mourning his passing.

Louis Rosenblatt, born in Philadelphia in 1928, began to study the oboe with Nicholas Lannutti at the South Philadelphia High School for Boys. Later he became a pupil of John Minsker and at the Curtis Institute he studied with Marcel Tabuteau. He served as first oboe in the U.S. Army Field Band and in 1954 became English Horn of the Houston Symphony. The following season he joined the New Orleans Philharmonic, remaining there until his move to Philadelphia in 1959. He joined the Philadelphia Orchestra first as assistant principal oboe. When John Minsker retired, Mr. Rosenblatt moved to the English Horn position to fill the vacancy.

With the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Rosenblatt made numerous solo appearances. Besides recording Sibelius’ “Swan of Tuonela,” he performed Honegger’s “Concerto da Camera” for Flute, English Horn, and Strings and Diamond’s “Elegies” for Flute, English Horn, and Strings. He was soloist in Stanislaw Skrowaczewski’s “Concerto” for English Horn and Orchestra with the composer conducting.

An extremely influential teacher, Rosenblatt taught at Temple University for nearly five decades, at Tanglewood, and at the Juilliard School. Below is a remembrance from a former student, Pedro Díaz, now English Horn Soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Louis Rosenblatt was the kind of role model everyone aspires to in the world of music. He was a gentleman, educator and outstanding musician. Fluent in a handful of languages, he taught himself Japanese and could read Kanji and other japanese symbols. We often corresponded in Spanish as well. He was the kind of father figure all students sought and was not afraid to speak his mind, but would always do so in the most respectful way. He cared about his students and valued them as people first, often treating them as one of his own. I was lucky to know him. I played for him as a freelancer in NYC and sought his advice even after my appointment as English horn in the Metropolitan Opera.

To many Eglish hornist and oboists he was and, will remain the “Oracle” for many years to come.
-Pedro Díaz, Metropolitan Opera

Obituary in the Philadelphia Inquirer

There will be a simple gathering at the home of Diane Weisberg in Boca Raton, FL on Sunday, February 1, from 7-9PM.  Anyone who would like to come celebrate Arthur’s life is welcome.  Elizabeth Roberts will help her by collecting RSVP’s. If your are interested in attending, please email her at  Elizabeth will provide the address and will be able to help with further questions.  If you would like to contact Diane directly to express your condolences, please email her at

If you would like to make a donation in Arthur’s honor, the family has decided on two places to receive gifts. For musical donations, gifts can be made to the Yale University School of Music.  Diane will be working with the school to decide how these funds will be used. For medical donations, they have asked that gifts be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, an organization dedicated to finding a cure and providing support for those who have pancreatic cancer and for their familes. The web address is: