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The International Double Reed Society is pleased to announce the third annual performance competition for young artists.

First prize for the 2010 competition is a $2000 US cash award. The second prize is a $1000 US cash award. The third prize is a $500 US cash award.

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1. Eligibility. Oboists who have not reached their 22nd birthday by the date of the final round of the competition (June 24, 2010) are eligible to enter, but no previous first prize winner of the IDRS Young Artist Competition is eligible to participate. All entrants must be current members of the IDRS. For membership information, contact:

Norma Hooks, Executive Secretary/Treasurer
2423 Lawndale Rd.
Finksburg, MD 21048-1401

Telephone: (410) 871-0658
Fax: (410) 871-0659

2. Levels of Competition. There are two levels of competition.
A. Preliminary Stage. All entrants must send a completed application form; an application fee of $35 US payable to IDRS by check drawn against a US bank or by credit card (VISA or Mastercard only); and a CD containing the repertoire listed below, performed in the order listed, to the competition chairman. The recording should include:

  • G. F. Handel: Sonata in B-flat Major, “Fitzwilliam”, Movements 2 and 3, with repeats
    (Nova Music edition)
  • Hummel: Introduction, Theme and Variations, Variation 4 through the end
    (Kunzelman or Musica Rara edition)
  • Gordon Jacob: Seven Bagatelles for solo oboe, all movements
    (Oxford University Press)
  • Edmund Rubbra: Sonata in C for Oboe and Piano, Op. 100, movement 1
    (Masters Music)

To be considered, all application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2010. Entries should be mailed to:
Timothy Clinch, Chair, IDRS Young Artist Competition for Oboe
School of Music – MIB132
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0410 USA

Telephone: 765-285-5549
Fax: 765-285-5578

B. Final Stage – Three finalists will be selected by the competition committee, with the results announced by April 15, 2010. If selected for the finals, all applicants must agree to appear and perform in the finals. 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, except the finalists must be prepared to perform the entire Hummel Introduction, Theme, and Variations; the judges will select portions of the repertoire 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 pay the registration fee for the entire conference week for each finalist. The winner of the competition will agree to perform a half-hour program selected from the competition repertoire on a concert during the 2010 IDRS Conference.

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