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

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.

The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the repertoire for the 30th annual Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox performance competition being held for oboists in the summer of 2011 at the annual conference in Tempe, AZ, USA. Further details will be available in the competition brochure and on this website in early fall. For questions, please contact Margaret Marco,

Competition Repertoire:

  1. J.S. Bach
    G Minor Sonata, BWV 1030b
    movements 2 and 3, no repeats (Edition Peters)
  2. Dirk-Michael Kirsch
    movements 3, 4 & 5 (Accolade Musikverlag)
  3. Henri Dutilleux
    movements 1 and 2 (Alphonse Leduc)
  4. Clara Schumann
    Romance No. 2 for Violin (oboe), Op. 22 (Beitkopf und Haertel)
  5. Bohuslav Martinu
    Concerto (Eschig) (entire concerto; final round only)

The 6th Henri Tomasi International Woodwind Quintet Competition will be held Frebruary 21-26, 2011 in Marseille France. Three prizes estimated at 12,000 euros (total) will be awarded. Average age of the quintet must not exceed 35 years. Registration is open as of December 31, 2010. For more information and repertoire see the conference website.

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

Responsibilities: Teach graduate and undergraduate applied oboe and studio classes, including repertoire and pedagogy, reed-making, and chamber ensembles. Additional duties may include teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, or as assigned by the Chair of the School of Music. Contribute to an active community of faculty and students by engaging in local, state, regional and national performing activities; including performing with Solaris – faculty quintet in residence at The University of Akron.

The School of Music, comprised of 441 music majors, is searching for a dynamic teacher and performer capable of recruiting and maintaining a vibrant oboe studio. Master of Music degree and successful teaching and performing experience required. Rank: Part-Time Instructor – Music (Oboe). Start Date: Fall 2010. Application deadline: April 1, 2010 or until filled.

Send letter of application, official transcripts, curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation, a list of names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for three additional references, and a CD or DVD of a recent unedited performance to:

The University of Akron, Attn: George Pope, Chair, Oboe Search Committee,
School of Music, Akron, OH 44325-1002.


The appointment will be part-time. The position will begin – Fall 2010. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply and those with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations. The University of Akron is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

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.

The University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL) has an opening for a tenure track position in Double Reeds.

Teaching responsibilities will include applied oboe and bassoon, woodwind ensembles, and building the university’s double reed program in addition to teaching in other areas dependent on the strength of the candidate. For further information, requirements and application procedure go to
Review of applications will begin March 19, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled.

Ray Still 90th Birthday Celebration!!!

March 15, 2010
Honoring Ray Still, principal oboe of the Chicago Symphony for forty years (1953-1993) and former Northwestern University faculty (1960-2004).
Bienen School of Music of Northwestern University
Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, Evanston, IL

5:00PM Ray Still Master Class
7:30PM Celebration Concert and Reception

Free and open to the the public! For more information, please email