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Preliminary round judges list for YAC 2018

  • Sarah Jeffrey, Principal Oboe, Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Canada)
  • Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (USA)
  • Andreas Wittmann, Oboe, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet (Germany)

Final round judges list for YAC 2018

  • Nancy Ambrose King, USA
  • Sebastien Giot, France
  • Celia Nicklin, Great Britain​

Preliminary Round Judges List for Gillet-Fox 2018

  • Ole Kristian Dahl, Professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik – Mannheim
  • Daniel Matsukawa, Principal Bassoonist of Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Gustavo Nuñez, Principal Bassoonist of Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Julie Price, Principal Bassoonist of BBC Symphony Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra
  • Chiara Santi, Principal Bassoonist of Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Final Round Judges List for Gillet-Fox 2018

  • Higinio Arrue (Spain), Principal Bassoonist of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
  • Sophie Dartigalongue (France), Principal Bassoonist of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Rie Koyama (Japan), Principal Bassoonist of Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
  • Matthias Racz (Germany), Principal Bassoonist of Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
  • Billy Short (USA), Principal Bassoonist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

IDRS Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition and Young Artist Competition for Bassoon and Oboe

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the IDRS and the Double Reed world,

We would very very much appreciate your help in sharing this information with students, colleagues and members of your double reed societies:

The IDRS sponsors two international competitions for oboe and bassoon that take place each year during its annual conference. The 2018 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition is for bassoonists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition and the 2018 Young Artist Competition is for oboists who have not reached their 22nd birthday. Both competitions alternate each year between oboe and bassoon.

For information about the 38th annual Gillet-Fox competition being held for bassoonists during the 2018 annual IDRS conference August 28 – September 1, 2018, in Granada, Spain, please click here:
Repertoire for the 2018 Gillet-Fox Competition for Bassoon

For information about the 11th annual Young Artists Competition being held for oboists during the 2018 annual IDRS conference, August 28 – September 1, 2018, in Granada Spain, please click here:
Repertoire for the 2018 Young Artist Competition for Oboe

With very best wishes,

Eric Stomberg
IDRS First Vice President

The 2018 Yamaha Young performing Artists Competition application is now open. The winners are invited to attend an all-expense paid weekend as part of the Music for All™ Summer Symposium, and to receive a performance opportunity with a weekend of personal and professional growth. The 2018 YYPA Application can be found at

The deadline for application submissions is January 8, 2018.


RESPONSIBILITIES: Studio teaching of oboe and related activities including chamber music coaching, recital preparation, recruiting, reed-making instruction, and performing with faculty chamber ensembles. Successful candidates will be expected to teach in Lawrence’s flagship Freshman Studies program, and take on other teaching responsibilities depending upon candidate’s interests, qualifications, and studio load. These responsibilities could include courses in Music Education, Pedagogy, Entrepreneurship, Theory, or other areas of study. Additional responsibilities include service related activities associated with a tenure-track position including student advising, participation in committee assignments, and other forms of institutional service.

QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated excellence in oboe teaching and performance in a wide range of styles from baroque to new music. Must be able to bring our students to the highest levels of artistic and musical mastery in a nurturing, student-centered environment. We are looking for a forward-thinking, collaborative colleague. A background in community engagement and outreach is desirable, as is a knowledge of advanced playing techniques, world music styles, or improvisation. An active, engaged performer is preferred; appropriate terminal degree or equivalent experience. A record of successful collegiate teaching and recruiting is desirable. Although this is a Conservatory position, strong support of the ideals and goals of a broad liberal arts education is a must.


Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. All candidates are encouraged to address the ways in which they could contribute to Lawrence’s institutional mission and commitment to diversity in their letter of application. We encourage applications from individuals who will help us create a more inclusive Lawrence by: (1) further diversifying the faculty and/or (2) demonstrating experience with successful diversity-related initiatives, creative activity, or research; and (3) showing interest in developing inclusive pedagogy to address the needs of a diverse student body. See for more information about Lawrence and the surrounding community. All candidates are encouraged to describe in their letter of application the ways in which they could contribute to Lawrence’s institutional mission and commitment to diversity.

RANK AND SALARY: Tenure-track. Rank and Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

APPLICATIONS: Should include cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, copies of representative recital, concert programs, recordings of recent live performances, academic transcripts, letters from three references, and any additional material that demonstrates your qualifications for the position. We would like all documents submitted digitally as either Word documents or PDF files, and all video and audio files submitted as links to external sites. Applicants are limited to five document uploads, please consolidate as needed to submit all required documents. Letters of recommendation can be sent to

CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: Serving approximately 350 music majors, the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, founded in 1874, is a distinguished undergraduate program offering preparation for professional careers in music within the intellectual environment of a liberal arts college. The Conservatory has an enviable reputation for producing outstanding musician-scholars, and our robust double degree program attracts fine musicians who have strong interests in a multitude of academic areas. Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and the diversity of viewpoints and approaches that the faculty represents. We are seeking applicants who will thrive in this stimulating musical and academic environment.

Consideration of candidates will begin October 30th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications should be submitted though Lawrence’s online application system:

Any additional questions can be directed to:

Committee Chair: Erin Lesser, Professor of Flute

Brian Pertl, Dean, Lawrence Conservatory of Music

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Position Description

IDRS is seeking applicants for the Gillet-Fox Competition in Oboe chairperson. The position would begin with the 2019 competition in Tampa, FL. Competition Chairs are chosen by IDRS Executive Committee.

The chair has the following duties:

  • Work with the 1st Vice President and competition advisory committee in selecting appropriate repertoire and preliminary and final round judges.
  • Create announcement of repertoire in multiple languages.
  • Manage online application questions and judging portal with Acceptd.
  • Announcing competition on IDRS Webpage, Forum, and IDRS Social Media
    platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).
  • Attend the IDRS Conference during Gillet-Fox Oboe competition years to
    oversee all aspects of the competition, working collaboratively with conference
  • Write an article following the competition summarizing the competition for the fall issue of the Double Reed.

  • Send letter of interest and resume to by December 1, 2017 .
  • Membership in IDRS required.

Interlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, performance and fine arts presentations seeks to hire an Instructor of Oboe at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Major Duties & Responsibilities
Teach oboe
Teach reed making classes
Motivate and Inspire students
Recruit and build a strong studio of students
Coach chamber music,
Conduct studio classes and oboe sectionals for orchestra and band
Classroom teaching in a secondary area (ear training, music theory or class piano), depending on studio load.
Provide evaluation, grading, and attendance of students
Communicate effectively with students, parents, and administration
Aid students in college audition preparation
Interlochen Center for the Arts values a collegial atmosphere, and the ability to work well within the music department is essential. All faculty are expected to participate in a variety of student and campus activities as well as other work appropriate to the ICA mission

Master of Music degree or performance equivalent in oboe
A teacher of national reputation with extensive teaching experience
An understanding of repertoire and audition preparation for students to enter college or conservatory
An experienced and highly qualified performer, with experience performing in a variety of styles
A thorough understanding of the repertoire and an ability to match repertoire to developing students
Interlochen expects its performance faculty to establish and maintain national visibility and credibility for themselves and their studios through frequent performance on and off campus
Experience with classroom teaching is desirable

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 11th annual Young Artists Competition being held for oboists during the 2018 annual IDRS conference, August 28 – September 1, 2018, Palacio de Congresos, Granada, Spain. The competition is for oboists who have not reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (August 30, 2018). Any questions can be addressed to Geralyn Giovannetti, Competition Chair, at

Preliminary Stage:
All entrants must submit an online application and application fee of $40US payable by credit card. All entrants must upload video recordings of the preliminary round repertoire list below performed with accompaniment (Telemann, Krommer, Morris). Instructions on applying and uploading recordings is available at

To be considered, all application materials must be submitted online on or before April 15, 2018.

Competition Repertoire:

  1. G. P. Telemann, Fantasie Nr. 8 in E Minor, TWV 40:9, all repeats, Barenreiter Edition.
  2. Franz Krommer, Oboe Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 52, Movements: 1. Allegro and 2. Adagio, Any Edition.
  3. Alyssa Morris, Four Personalities, Movements: 1. Yellow 3. Blue 4. Red, TrevCo Music Publishing.
  4. For final round only: Benjamin Godard, Légende Pastorale from Scénes écossaises, Op. 138, Any Edition.

The first round will consist of a video recording of the Telemann, Krommer and Morris as listed above​. The final round will consist of selections from the above works​ plus a performance of the Godard.​

In addition to cash prizes of 1st place, $6000 US, 2nd place, $4000 US and 3rd place, $2000 US, the 1st place winner will perform a public recital during the 2018 conference.

On behalf of the 2017 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition Committee, I am pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s competition:

  • Yurie Aramaki, JAPAN
    Student of Emanuel Abbühl and Prof. Satoki Aoyama
    Student of Maurice Bourgue, Thomas Indermühle, Martin Frutiger and José Fernando Silva
  • Claire Brazeau, USA
    Student of Allan Vogel, Laura Ahlbeck, Elaine Douvas, Dan Stolper
  • Andreas Oeste, USA
    Student of Nancy Ambrose King, Celeste Johnson, and Lorraine Duso
  • Gabriel Pidoux, FRANCE
    Student of Jacques Tys and Frédéric Tardy
  • Alternate

  • Zhihong Lin, CHINA
    Student of Jing Chun Jin

The finalists will compete at the IDRS Conference on June 23 at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. The winner will perform the Phoenix Concerto, Op. 102 by Paul Patterson on the final concert and receive a cash prize of $12,000 US.

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:

Eduardo Martínez Caballer, Spain
Principal Oboe in Orquesta Ciudad de Granada
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya

George Caird, England
Professor of Oboe, Birmingham Conservatory
Musical Director, Rotterdam Classical Music Academy

Mingjia Liu, USA-China
Principal Oboe of San Francisco Opera
Oboe Professor, San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Founder of MusEcho LLC.

Céline Moinet, Germany-France
Principal Oboe of Staatskapelle Dresden
Oboe Professor, Hochschule für Musik Carl-Maria von Weber Dresden

Marlen Vavrikova, USA-Czech Republic
Oboe Professor, Grand Valley State University, Michigan

The 2017 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition Repertoire:

Marin Marais
Les Folies d’Espagne, in d minor for flute and continuo. Restoration by Jean-Claude Veilhan.
(Alphonse Leduc)

C.P.E. Bach
Sonata in a minor for solo flute, Wq 132, (H562)
Movement 1, Poco adagio & Movement 3, Allegro

York Bowen
Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 85, Movement 2, Andante espressivo and Movement 3, Allegro giocoso

Isang Yun
Piri (entire piece)
(Boosey & Hawkes)

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

Margaret Marco
Associate Professor of Oboe
Woodwind Division Director
School of Music
University of Kansas

Assistant Professor, full-time, tenure-track. Salary commensurate with experience.

Primary responsibilities: recruit, retain, and teach oboe and bassoon music majors; communicate with music programs in the state and region.
Additional responsibilities: establish an active research and/or creative activity profile; coach chamber ensembles; supervise student projects and recitals; teach courses in allied subjects as needed; provide service to the campus, community, and profession.

Minimum: Doctoral degree in oboe or bassoon performance, ABD will be considered; excellent communication skills. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment; excellent communication skills required.
Desired: Professional performance experience in solo, chamber, and orchestral ensembles; successful experience recruiting and retaining talented students at the university level; experience teaching double reed repertoire and pedagogy.

August 16, 2017

INFORMATION: Auburn is one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. In U.S. News and World Report, it has been ranked in the top 50 public universities for the last 23 consecutive years. The institution is both highly research-active and committed to maintaining teaching excellence, offering bachelor, master, educational specialist and doctoral degrees. Its fall of 2015 enrollment of 27,287 students includes 21,786 undergraduates and 4,398 graduate students, and 1,103 professional-doctoral students. There are 1216 full time instructional faculty members distributed across nine colleges and three schools with degrees offered in 200 academic programs. Auburn University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, positive work environment, exciting student life, and the beauty of its campus. It is geographically located in a moderate climate with easy access to both beach and mountain recreational facilities and is situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama.

Candidates should upload the following materials: letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and contact information for five references (email addresses, as well as telephone numbers) at: In the letter of interest, candidates must include a link to 20 minutes of video of recent live performances that reflect artistry and stylistic range. The video should include 15 minutes of performance on the primary instrument and 5 minutes of performance on the secondary instrument. For additional inquiries contact:
Dr. Corey Spurlin
Chair, Double Reeds Search Committee
Associate Professor

Screening will begin March 27, 2017 and continue until position is filled.

“Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.”

I am happy to announce that Frank Swann has agreed to serve as exhibits coordinator for the 2017 IDRS conference at Lawrence University. Frank Swann studied oboe with Robert Sprenkle at the University of Rochester and graduated from Howard University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked at Eastman Kodak for 9 years before relocating to Los Angeles, where he owned and operated a digital prepress/digital printing business. During these 25 years in LA, he was an active freelance oboist. Frank now resides in Washington, DC where he owns Capitol Cane, a double-reed cane business. He has served as an assistant with the exhibits for several IDRS conferences. Frank can be reached at Also, please note that a merchants portal for conference exhibitors will be available on the IDRS website very soon. This will allow vendors to register online. More to come on this.


Keith Sweger
President, International Double Reed Society
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410
Studio: 765-285-5511