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The final round of the 2012 IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition was held at the conference on Monday, July 9th at 9am in the lovely Kumler Chapel at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. All three finalists performed at a very high level.

The final judges were John Dee (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA), Geralyn Giovannetti (Brigham Young University, USA) and Christopher Redgate (Soloist, England). The results were announced on the evening of the competition.

The first prize winner was Juri Schmahl, a student of Clara Dent-Bogányi at the Hochschule fuer Musik Nuernberg,Germany. He won $3000 and a recital at the IDRS Conference.

Chi Yuen “Bobby” Cheng (a student of Song-Lam Yiu in Hong Kong) was awarded second prize of $2000.

Gretchen Myers, a student of Frank Rosenwein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, USA, was awarded the third prize of $1000.

The IDRS would also like to acknowledge Julia DeRosa (a student of Elaine Douvas at the Juilliard School, USA) who was initially selected as a finalist but was unable to attend due to a tour with the Juilliard Orchestra.

Excerpt: Emily Pailthorpe, oboe – Phoenix Concerto for oboe and strings, op. 102 (2009) – Paul Patterson (b. 1947)

Excerpt: Martin Kuuskman, bassoon – Ciranda Das Sete Notas for bassoon ans string orchestra – Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)

Excerpt: Nicolas Daniel – Concerto in c minor, George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

The 2013 Gillet Competition will take place at the IDRS Conference being held at the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California, US. The competition repertoire is as follows:

J.S. Bach: Partita in G Minor, BWV 1013, (originally for flute), movements 1 & 4, no repeats – edition of entrant’s choice

Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro – edition of entrant’s choice

Makoto Shinohara: Obsession – Leduc

Ludwig August Lebrun Concerto in D Minor – Schott (for final round only)

pdfDownload the competition brochure in English, Spanish, German, French, and Japanese

Please contact Margaret Marco, Competition Chair at with any questions.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2012 Young Artist Competition for Oboe, in alphabetical order: Chi Yuen Cheng (Hong Kong), Julia DeRosa (USA), and Juri Schmahl (Germany), with Gretchen Myers (USA) selected as an alternate. These finalists were chosen from a strong field of 22 applicants representing six countries. The IDRS is grateful for the assistance of the preliminary round judges Joseph Salvalaggio (Canada/USA), Aryn Day Sweeney (USA) and David Walter (France). The final competition will be held on Monday, July 9th at the conference at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The judges will be John Dee (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, USA), Geralyn Giovannetti (Brigham Young University, USA) and Christopher Redgate (Soloist, England).
Michele Fiala
Chair, IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition

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

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY – Assistant Professor – Double Reeds (oboe, primary emphasis). EFFECTIVE DATE: August, 2012.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach double reeds with oboe as primary emphasis and bassoon as secondary emphasis, develop and actively recruit for studio, teach double reed component of woodwind methods, coordinate and oversee student woodwind chamber ensemble program, and teach other courses depending on the qualifications of the candidate and needs of the department. Teaching experience in theory/aural skills, music appreciation, and/or woodwind methods class is highly desirable. Perform in the faculty woodwind ensemble.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in oboe/double reed performance, required; doctoral degree, preferred. Active solo and collaborative performer. Preference is given to applicants with a record of successful recruiting and studio/program building. Record of, potential for, or expectation of excellence in collegiate teaching, research/creative endeavors, and professional service. Commitment to undergraduate level instruction. Knowledge of current performance and pedagogical trends in music education. Candidates without the doctorate must document equivalent experience and expertise, including evidence of significant performance and teaching experience.

RANK AND SALARY: Assistant Professor, tenure-track (with doctorate); Instructor level, non-tenure track (without doctorate).

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC: The ETSU Department of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in music education and performance. A faculty of twelve full-time and fifteen part-time instructors in the department serves approximately 100 majors, in addition to over 600 non-majors in music elective classes each year. Students perform in a variety of ensembles, including concert bands, jazz bands, orchestra, university chorale and smaller vocal ensembles, opera workshop, and instrumental chamber ensembles. The department offers the only Suzuki flute pedagogy program in the country.

UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY: East Tennessee State University is a regional state-supported public institution serving over 15,000 students, and is located in a beautiful, prosperous southern Appalachian Mountain community. Johnson City (population over 60,000) is part of the Tri-Cities area with a combined population of over 500,000. It is metropolitan in population (close to a million people within a seventy-mile radius), but provides a friendly, small town atmosphere. Numerous professional performance opportunities are available throughout the Tri-Cities area and east Tennessee region.

APPLICATIONS: Complete an online application at You will be asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three current references (name, position/school, email, and phone number). Applicants will need to send the following under separate cover: three current letters of recommendation, and a DVD or CD of a recent performance (contrasting styles of music, preferred). No materials will be returned. Do not send transcript copies at this time, this will be requested of candidates at a later date.

Send the requested materials to: Double Reeds Search Committee, Department of Music, East Tennessee State University, Box 70661, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Deadline for submission of application materials: December 12, 2011. Review of materials will begin at this time and continue until position is filled. ETSU is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution and is fully in accord with the belief that educational and employment opportunities should be available to all eligible persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation. ETSU employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.

Position: Artist/Teacher of Oboe. Full-time (9-month), tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor. Starting date is August 16, 2012. Required qualifications are: Master of Music in Oboe Performance. Demonstrated effectiveness of solo and chamber music performance and successful teaching at the college level. Desired qualifications are: Doctor of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance. Evidence of success in undergraduate and graduate recruiting and mentoring. Experience guiding graduate creative activity at the doctoral level. Creative/scholarly accomplishments demonstrated through national and international performances, master classes, presentations at music educator forums, recordings, publications, and/or professional leadership. Responsibilities are: Teach and recruit undergraduate and graduate oboe students in music degree programs and coach woodwind chamber ensembles. Perform with the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet. Serve on graduate committees including DMA research documents. Work with ensemble areas for auditions and placement in major ensembles and chamber music. Contribute to School, College and University service. Maintain an active and visible international, national and regional performance and outreach schedule.

Applicants should submit the following: (1) letter of application, (2) complete vita, (3) CD and/or DVD formatted recent performances of solo and chamber music reflecting stylistic variety, and (4) three current letters of recommendation.

Dr. Valerie Watts, Chair
Oboe Search Committee
University of Oklahoma School of Music
500 West Boyd, Room 138
Norman, OK 73019

Screening will begin October 17, 2011, and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please call (405) 325-2081; FAX (405) 325-7574. The complete vacancy announcement is available at:

The University of Oklahoma is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply.