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

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul wishes to employ an oboe teacher on a 3 year contract. The details can be found on http://www.jobs.af/afghanistan/44774/oboe-instructor

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 IDRS Young Artist Oboe Competition. These finalists were chosen from a strong field of thirty-one applicants from eight countries: China, Germany, Korea, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the USA.
The finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Hannah Cruse, USA, student of Erin Hannigan
  • Gabriel Young, USA, student of Linda Strommen
  • Kip Zimmerman, USA, student of Peter Cooper

The alternate selected is Cassie Pilgrim, USA, student of Richard Woodhams.

The International Double Reed Society wishes to extend the utmost gratitude to the first-round judges, David John Cowley (UK), Robert Stephenson (USA) and Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia (USA).

Please plan to attend the final competition on Tuesday, June 28th at the conference in Columbus, Georgia, USA.

On behalf of the 2016 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition Committee, I am pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s competition:

  • Nanci Belmont, USA
    Teachers include Frank Morelli, Jeffrey Keesecker, Maurizio Venturini
  • Quinn Delaney, USA
    Teachers include John Hunt, William Buchman
  • Francesco Giussani, Italy
    Teachers include Giorgio Versiglia, Diego Chenna
  • Michael Kaulartz, Germany
    Teachers include Ole Kristian Dahl, Audun Halvorsen
  • Riccardo Terzo, Italy
    Teachers include Maurizio Barigione, Stepan Turnovsky, Marco Postinghel, Dag Jensen

The alternate is Zhongwang Wang, China. Teachers include William Winstead, George Sakakeeny, Eric Stomberg

The finalists will compete at the IDRS conference in Columbus, Georgia on June 29th. The winner will perform Bernhard Crusell’s Concertino on the final concert and receive a cash prize of $12,000 US. The second prize is a $8,000 US cash award. Other finalists will receive a $3000 US cash award.

The IDRS wishes to express our deepest appreciation to our preliminary round judges:

  • Mathias Rácz (Germany) Principal Bassoon of Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Professor at Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
  • Fabián Contreras (Argentina) Principal Bassoon of Orquesta Sinfónica de Córdoba
  • Nicolasa Kuster (USA) University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music
  • Lansong Li (China) Principal Bassoon of China Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor at Central Conservatory of Music Beijing
  • Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam (Poland) Principal Bassoon of Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra and 1st prize winner of the 2012 Gillet-Fox Competition

Saxton Rose
Chair, Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Bassoon Competition

The Benefic Chamber Music Camp will be held at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from July 23 through July 31. Double Reed faculty includes: Dwight Perry, principal oboist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Leonid Sirotkin, assistant professor of oboe at DePauw University; and Keith Sweger, professor of bassoon at Ball State University. For more information: www.BeneficMusic.com: info@beneficmusic.com: 513.374.4577

The Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University seeks an exceptional teacher and performer of bassoon. This is a full time, tenure track faculty position in the Schwob School of Music within Columbus State University’s College of the Arts and will hold the academic rank of Assistant Professor. For more information, see [click]

Dark in the Song announces the first NewBassoon Workshop, a four-day event July 6-9, 2016 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Four leading American bassoon artists and teachers, Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay and Saxton Rose, all members of the pioneering bassoon collective Dark in the Song, present a four-day workshop on contemporary bassoon literature, performance techniques, and pedagogy. This session is designed for college students and above. Participants will work closely with the faculty in a variety of settings, including lessons, master classes, and ensembles. The event also includes faculty and student performances, exhibits, a performance competition, and a composition prize.
Register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

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The entire workshop takes place at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY

ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

  • Performance master classes and private lessons by Michael Harley, Lynn Hileman, Peter Kolkay, and Saxton Rose
  • Special guest John Hunt, Professor of Bassoon, Eastman School of Music
  • Discussion / demonstration on new trends in chamber music
  • Workshop on multiphonics led by guest Jamie Leigh Sampson, author of Contemporary Techniques for the Bassoon: Multiphonics
  • Workshops on contemporary bassoon literature and techniques, including circular breathing
  • Panel discussion on grant writing, commissioning, and entrepreneurial activities for performers
  • Performance and presentation on performing the Berio Sequenza
  • Performance / demonstration on performing with various electronic systems including live looping
  • Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes, an hour-long work for seven bassoons
  • Faculty recital of solo and chamber works for bassoon by Dark in the Song including the premiere of the 2016 Composition Prize winning piece
  • The Dark in the Song Performance Competition Final Round

SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, July 6 at 12pm: Welcome and Introductions, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30pm: Faculty recital, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Thursday, July 7 at 9:00am: Final Round of the Performance Competition, Hatch Recital Hall
  • Friday, July 8 at 8:00pm: Performance of Michael Gordon’s Rushes
  • Saturday, July 9 at 7:30pm: Participants and competition winners recital, Hatch Recital Hall

EXHIBITS

Midwest Musical Imports will exhibit bassoons, accessories, reeds and cane, tools and machines for sale and trial for the duration of the workshop. Repair technician Eric Anderson will also offer free repairs.

COSTS and HOUSING

Tuition for the four-day workshop, including all activities and concerts is $550. You can register now at the Summer at Eastman website.

Housing at the Eastman Student Living Center is available. Information about housing and local hotels.

I am very pleased to announce that Alan Gilbert, Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, has agreed to serve as Artistic Advisor to the IDRS in its 50th Anniversary Commissioning Project.  In this capacity, Maestro Gilbert will be working with the Executive Committee in identifying composers for the three works (oboe concerto/concertino, bassoon concerto/concertino and oboe, bassoon, piano trio) that will be commissioned for the 50th anniversary of our society.  Many thanks to Jeff Rathbun and Lenny Hindell who spearheaded the effort to have Maestro Gilbert join us in this project.

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Keith Sweger
Professor of Bassoon
School of Music
Ball State University
Muncie, IN  47306-0410

President, International Double Reed Society
sweger@idrs.org

SCHOOL OF MUSIC – WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY – Assistant/Associate Professor of Oboe

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate preferred – masters degree with significant progress toward the doctorate or professional experience equivalent to doctoral work will be considered; applicant must demonstrate excellence in, and commitment to, performance as both a solo and ensemble artist on the oboe; demonstrated success as a teacher of oboe is required, preferably at the university level. Secondary expertise in music technology, music theory and/or music history is required. The successful candidate will be expected to have strong interpersonal, communication, and collaborative skills; in addition, he/she will be expected to maintain an active performance career.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Serve as instructor of applied oboe for both undergraduate and graduate students. Serve as instructor of music technology, music theory, and/or music history. Perform as member of the Western Wind Quintet; maintain a record of performance and professional activities necessary for tenure. Recruitment and service appropriate for a university faculty member required.

APPLICATION: Please apply on-line at http://www.wmich.edu/hr/jobs. Your application will include: A cover letter highlighting qualifications, current curriculum vita, and three current letters of recommendation. Do not send any recordings at this time.
DEADLINE: Applications accepted until position is filled.

EXPECTED START DATE: August 2016

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

The Committee Members of the 2015 Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition for Oboe are pleased to announce the final results for this year’s competition:

1st Place
Sergio Sanchez, VENEZUELA
Student of Marcos Tarazona, Hermes Nunes, Victor Morles, Ricardo Riveiro, Diethelm Jonas, David Walter and Jacques Tys

2nd Place
Bunkichi Arakawa, JAPAN
Student of Sholo Ikeda, Tomoyuki Hirota, Satoki Aoyama, Yoshiaki Obata

Honorable Mention
Stuart Breczinski, USA
Student of Jacqueline Leclair, Humbert Lucarelli, Mark Weiger, John Snow, Rachel Brudnoy

Andrew Kawai, AUSTRALIA
Student of Seng Tong and Jeffrey Crellin

Huijing Xu, CHINA
Student of Dun Zhu, Lu Tang, Christian Schmitt, Francois Leleux

Competition Repertoire
Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata in C Minor, RV 53, entire work, take repeats in movement 3 only

Heinz Holliger Sonate, movements 3 and 4

Katherine Hoover Sonata for Oboe and Piano, movements 2 and 3

Final Round: Eugene Goossens, Oboe Concerto, Op. 45

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:
Robert Atherholt. Professor of Oboe, The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Retired Principal Oboe, The Houston Symphony.
 
Sarah Francis. Fellow of the Royal College of Music and former Professor. Solo Oboist and Director of the London Harpsichord Ensemble.

Anne Gilby. Professor of Oboe, the University of Melbourne. Founding President of the Australasian Double Reed Society.
 
Làszlò Hadady.  Professor of Chamber Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
 
Marion Kuszyk.  Associate Principal Oboe, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Oboe Faculty, University of Southern California.

Members of the Final Stage Judging Panel:
Celia Craig. Principal Oboe, Adelaide Symphony. Lecturer in Oboe, Elder Conservatorium. Associate, Royal Academy of Music. Past-President, Australasian Double Reed Society.

Nancy Ambrose King, Professor of Oboe, University of Michigan. Former President, International Double Reed Society.

Yoshi Obata. Professor of Oboe, Tokyo University of the Arts.

Elizabeth Koch Tiscione, Principal Oboe, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Oboe Faculty, Kennesaw State University.

Song-Lam Yiu, Director and Solo Oboe, Hong Kong Wind Kamerata.  Faculty, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. 

Members of the Competition Committee:
Margaret Marco (Chair), Martin Schuring, Dan Stolper and Eric Stomberg

The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
Tokyo, Japan, August 17, 2015

Saxton Rose
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The eighth annual Young Artist Competition was held this summer for bassoonists at the IDRS conference at the The National Olympic Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo, Japan. Since its inception in 2008, the Young Artist Competition gives double-reed artists under the age of 22 the opportunity to compete, and like the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition, it alternates each year between oboists and bassoonists. The IDRS sponsored competitions showcase the amazing talent in our double-reed communities throughout the world and this year was no different.

Three finalists and one alternate were chosen based on recordings submitted by 41 applicants from all over the world. These recordings were anonymously adjudicated by a distinguished panel of judges including Silvia Coricelli (Argentina), Kazusa Mizutani (Japan), and Alban Wesly (Netherlands). The finalists were Valeria Curti of Switzerland, a student of Patrik Lüscher, Matthias Racz, Frank Forst, Geng Liang of Singapore, a student of Zhang Jin Min and Song Zhi Hong, and Kaspar Reh of Germany, a student of Selim Aykal and Frank Forst. Mathieu Brunet of France was chosen as the alternate.

Valeria, Geng and Kaspar competed on August 17th, playing selections from the following repertoire: The first movement of Koželuh’s Concerto in C Major, the third movement Molto Adagio and Allegro Moderato of Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, four of Mignone’s Waltzes for Solo Bassoon including Pattapiada, Apanhei-te meu fagotinho (Valsa paródia), A Boa Páscoa Para Você Devos! and Valsa-Choro, and Franz Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, Op. 26 movement I, Molto Andante, arranged by Masahito Tanaka.

This is a unique year in the history of the Young Artist Competition. Tojo Shigeko, the wife of the late Masahito Tanaka generously donated ¥300,000 Japanese Yen for a special prize to be awarded to the performer of the jury’s favorite performance of Tanaka’s arrangement of Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.

After deliberating, our extraordinary final round judges Sophie Dartigalongue (France), Albi Michlich (USA) and Koji Okasaki (Japan), chose Valeri Curti as the winner. She received a cash award of $4000 USD. Kaspar Reh was awarded second prize and a $2500 USD award. Third prize and $1000 USD went to Geng Liang. Valeri Curti also received the Tanaka prize.

The level of playing was truly remarkable and each of the finalists and their teachers should be applauded for the enormous amount of work and dedication, the result of which we were privileged to hear. Valeri performed the Doppler and Saint Saens on an evening recital Tuesday, August 18th. I would like to thank pianist Miyuki Washimiya for her beautiful playing throughout the conference and her exceptional accompaniment work during the competition.

As with all IDRS endeavors, the Young Artist Competition is the collective, volunteered effort of many people contributing in countless ways. I must thank Competitions Coordinator Eric Stomberg and Norma Hooks, IDRS Executive Secretary/ Treasurer, for their incalculable time and invaluable council and expertise. Thank you also to conference host Sugawara Hitomi and the conference staff for their organizational assistance.

Next year’s competition, coordinated by Geralyn Giovannetti, will feature oboists and will take place at IDRS 2016 in Columbus, Georgia at Columbus State University. Bassoonists can look forward to the 2017 competition at the conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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