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

The Committee for the 2011 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Oboe Competition is pleased to announce the list of esteemed judges for the competition’s preliminary round. We are extremely grateful to these individuals for their generosity and expertise.

Sherie Aguirre: Principal Oboe, Virginia Symphony Orchestra

George Caird: Professor of Oboe, Birmingham Conservatoire, Albion Ensemble

Frances Colón: Professor of Oboe, Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and Principal Oboe, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

Richard Killmer: Professor of Oboe, Eastman School of Music

Guy Porat: Faculty, Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität, Ra’anana Music Center

The Musical Arts Quintet (MAQ), resident faculty wind quintet in the Ball
State University School of Music, has been awarded a 2010 American
Masterpieces: Chamber Music grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The grant award is to support the MAQ in performances, educational
activities, a tour throughout the state of Indiana during fall 2010 and
spring 2011, and a recording of American quintet repertoire, to be released
on the Beneficence label. The quintet will perform and record works by
composers Bruce Adolphe, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Jenni Brandon, Jennifer
Higdon, David Maslanka, George Rochberg and Steven Stucky.

Current members of the MAQ are Mihoko Watanabe, flute; Johanna Cox, oboe;
Elizabeth Crawford, clarinet; Keith Sweger, bassoon; and Gene Berger, horn.
For more information concerning the MAQ, please go to

The Midwest Double Reed Society and the University of Kansas present the Ninth Annual Double Reed Festival on October 30 and 31 at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, hosted by Margaret Marco and Eric Stomberg. MDRS officers and executive members Nora Lewis, Susan Maxwell, Rod Ackmann, Celeste Johnson, Margaret Marco and Eric Stomberg offer performance classes, reed clinics and a gala recital. Justin Miller, Miller Marketing will present his wares and a reed making class.

For a schedule of events visit or contact Margaret Marco, KU Associate Professor of Oboe at, or Eric Stomberg, KU Associate Professor of Bassoon at

Upcoming ConferenceIDRS 2011 is now accepting proposals through our web page. Please visit to get started. Click on the “Proposals” tab at the top of the page and follow the prompts from there. The procedure is quite simple. You will need to establish an account–this is to collect your contact information. After that, proceed to the relevant form.

Please complete a proposal even if you have already been in contact with one of the hosts about your potential participation. It is essential for us to have all of the information collected in one place.

If you are requesting an artistic performance, please note that your program information will be entered on the second page. Please don’t try to enter it in the event description.

Also, please note that once you click “submit” you will no longer be able to edit your proposal or correct any errors. So, please review your proposal carefully before clicking “Submit”. After that, the only way to change your proposal is for us to delete it and you to begin a new one.

We are very excited to host the conference and look forward to all of your creative and inspring proposals.

With very best wishes,
Martin Schuring
Albie Micklich

Ball State University School of Music Assistant/Associate Professor of Oboe
Tenure-track position available August 19, 2011.

Responsibilities: teach undergraduate and graduate applied oboe; perform with the Musical Arts Quintet and other faculty chamber music ensembles; coach mixed woodwind ensembles; teach oboe techniques, repertoire and pedagogy classes; provide an artistic model in a fine arts setting; maintain a national profile; recruit and maintain a strong oboe studio; advise students; participate in the student chamber music program; assist in job and graduate school placement, curricular development, professional service, and faculty governance. Additional performance opportunities may be available locally and regionally.

Minimum qualifications: master’s degree in music; documented history of a high level of professional activity in oboe teaching and performance.

Preferred qualifications: demonstrated ability to recruit and retain quality students on the college level; exceptional performance and/or scholarly background; completed doctorate; experience in coaching chamber music; and/or teaching oboe repertoire and pedagogy.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference written within the past two years, a short list of additional references who may be contacted, a CD of performances from within the past two years representing various styles, and a certified transcript copy of the highest degree earned to:

Dr. Keith Sweger, Chair
Oboe Search Committee
School of Music, MU 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Samples of recordings, student evaluations, scholarly publications, and other supporting materials may be included with the application. Additional supporting materials may be requested at a later date. All materials will be retained. Review of applications will begin on November 8, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Ball State University is an institution of over 18,000 students located approximately 65 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The School of Music offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level degrees and artist diploma and has an enrollment of approximately 400 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For more information, please go to

FEMUSC – Festival de Musica de Santa Catarina, in partnership with Oboé Brasil,
is pleased and honored to present the first CONOB – International Oboe Competition of Santa Catarina.

The International Oboe Competition of Santa Catarina – CONOB is open to oboists up to 30 years of age, born in a Latin American or Caribbean country. CONOB will be held on January 26th and 27th, 2011 in the city of Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina, Braz il.

CONOB will be divided into two categories, each containing two stages:
– Junior Level: candidates with up to 18 years of age.
– Superior Level: for candidates with up to 30 years of age.

Candidates may arrive in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, on the premises of SCAR – Sociedade de Cultura Artística, as of January 24th but no later than 1pm on January 25th. All applicants will receive accommodation and food (3 meals a day) for as long as they are involved in activities related to CONOB. Candidates should not FEMUSC participants from lodging in the morning of January 28th. Candidates not approved for performance in the Final Stage will also be allowed to stay in the dormitories and meal plan until the morning of January 28th.

Each candidate will be offered a practice room and individual study time of at least two hours per day from January 24th until the end of their performances in CONOB. Candidates selected to the final stage may use the practice rooms for three hours daily.

Piano accompanists are available to applicants with limited time of 30 minutes of rehearsal for the preliminary stage and 45 minutes for the final round. The limited rehearsal time with piano accompanists applies to both categories of CONOB. Applicants must adhere strictly to their re hearsal schedules arranged with the piano accompanists, and there will be no possibility of rescheduling for time lost due to delay in rehearsals of candidates.

Candidates may use piano accompanists of their own choosing, and bring them to Jaraguá do Sul for this purpose at no cost to CONOB.

The order of presentation of candidates will be determined by lottery on January 25th at 1pm, and this order will be maintained throughout the contest. Candidates who are not present for this lottery will be immediately eliminated from the competition.

All CONOB performances are open to the public, and the results of the competition will be announced immediately after the conclusion of the presentation of candidates and determination of CONOB’s Artistic Commission.

The Artistic Commission (panel of judges) will c onsist of four professional musicians and a Chairman, which at the end of deliberations will announce the results of their deliberation. The Artistic Commission’s decision is final and irrevocable. Candidates are denied contact with the Artistic Commission on matters related to CONOB during the event, or to act in a way that will affect the decision of the same, under penalty of elimination from the competition.


CONOB offers the following awards:

Superior Level:
First Prize: R$1,200 (twelve hundred) reais.
Second Prize: R$ 800 (eight hundred) reais.
Third Prize: R$ 500 (five hundred) reais.
Honorable Mention: R$ 300 (three hundred) reais.
Best Pianist Collaborator: R$ 500 (five hundred) reais.

Junior Level:
First Prize: R$ 700 (seven hundred) reais.
Second Prize: R$ 500 (five hundred) reais.
Third Prize: R$ 300 (three hundred) reias.
Honorable Mention: R$ 150 (one hundred fifty) reias.
Best Pianist Contributor: R$ 300 (three hundred) reias.

The Artistic Commission shall retain the discretion and responsibility to decide how many awards will be presented, and to combine a major awards with the Honorable Mention, if desired. The Artistic Commission retains the option of not awar ding all the prizes listed here.


Superior Level:
Preliminary Stage

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886), Capriccio for Oboe and Piano.

Final Stage

1) J. S. Bach (1685-1750), Partita for Solo Oboe, BWV 1013 in G minor or A minor. One movement of the candidate’s choice.

2) W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in C major, KV314. Movement 1: Allegro Aperto (with cade nza). This work should be performed from memory.

3) José Siqueira (1940), Three Studies for Oboe and Piano

Junior Level:
Preliminary Stage

Stanislas Verroust (1814-1863), Capriccio for Oboe and Piano, Op. 15 (cut: it is not necessary to present the section called “Andantino”).

Final Stage:

1) G. F. Handel (1685-1759), Sonata in G minor for oboe. Movements 1 and 2.

2) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), Concerto for oboe and orchestra. Movement 1, with cadenza. This work should be performed from memory.

3) Osvaldo Lacerda (1927), Variations on “Carneirinho-Carneirão”

* If you encounter difficulty in finding some of the works above, candidates may request instructions to locate copies of works by writing directly to This service is available only to candidates already admitted to CONOB. However, interested parties can view the first page of these works on the FEMUSC website.

Application procedure

Candidates must register for CONOB through the site between September 25th and November 1st, 2010. To validate your application, all items in the registration form must be completed. Applicants accepted for participation will be confirmed by November 10th or earlier. A registration fee of R$120.00 (one hundred and twenty reais) will be charged to (the) participants selected for participation. In the case of (a) participant already enrolled in FEMUSC 2011 and attending the event, registration to CONOB will be R$ 60 (sixty) reais. This fee covers the cost of simple accommodation, meals, use of practice rooms for study and rehearsal, piano accompanists, documentation and certificate. Payment of registration fee should be made through bank deposit in Banco do Brasil (for Brazilians) or by credit card. You will receive the payment information after enrollment.

Saturday 23 October
2010 Scotch College, James Forbes Academy
Hawthorn, Melbourne

The competition is for all ages and abilities, from beginners and amateur players through to aspiring professionals.
Details & Entry Forms at:

Sections include:

Fagottino – Year 7 and Under
Junior  – 14 Years & Under
Intermediate  – 15 Years up to Year 12
Senior  – 25 Years & Under
Adult Beginners (upto AMEB Grade 5) Over 25 Years
Chamber Music  – 3 to 15 players (at least 1 Double Reed)
Weekend Warriors (over 25years – Secondary Teachers Welcome)


Over $10,000 in cash and prizes

Trade Exhibition
Come and see the largest annual trade display of instruments, accessories and technicians from both Australian and International double reed manufacturers and suppliers.

Further Details:
Stephen Moschner
ADRC Coordinator


The 2010 ADRC is proudly presented by the Australasian Double Reed Society Inc. A0035497R

The application for the 2011 Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition is now available.

pdfDownload the Gillet-Fox Oboe Competition Application

To be considered, all application materials must be received on or before February 15, 2011. Repertoire listed here.

The competition is for oboists who have not reached their 31st birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (June 3rd, 2011) and will take place at the annual conference May 31-June 4, 2011 in Tempe, AZ, USA. First prize for the 2011 competition is a $10,000 US cash award. The second prize is a $6000 US cash award. The third prize is a $2000 US cash award. For questions, please contact chair Margaret Marco at

The winner of first prize was John Upton, a student of Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

The winner of second prize was Camille Joutard, a student of Jean-Louis Capezzali and Jérôme Guichard at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon, France.

The winner of third prize was Matthew Lengas, a student of Richard Killmer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Gina Ford, who was designated as a finalist in the competition, was unable to participate in the final round due to travel problems which prevented her from reaching the conference.

The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, announces an oboe vacancy. Job and audition information are available at: The audition will be held October 29, 2010. The winner of the audition will receive full military benefits, including medical and dental care; 30-days paid vacation each year; a permanent duty assignment to Fort Myer, VA; and educational benefits such as the College Loan Repayment Program (up to $65,000). Musicians are promoted to the grade of Staff Sergeant (E-6) upon completion of four-months of active-duty service.