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Support requested: Charles Veazey IDRS Honorary Membership

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    Dwight C Manning
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    Please contribute! Notes of support are welcomed from IDRS members and non-IDRS members. Dr. Veazey is the only living, retired, former IDRS President to remain unrecognized as an Honorary IDRS Member. Now in his 80th year, it is past time time to recognize Dr. Veazey’s salient contributions to the international music community with 2022 Honorary Membership in the International Double Reed Society. Submit your note of support by May 1st directly to this year’s selection committee chair, Dr. Benjamin Coelho <coelho@idrs.org>.

    Feel free to use narratives from the official nomination submitted April 14th.

    Describe the nominee’s exceptional qualities and how they have completed meritorious service to double reed societies through the areas of performance, teaching, publications, instrument making, or repair, or reed making. (Max 500 words)
    Dr. Charles Veazey has made exceptional contributions in each parameter listed above. His meritorious service on the International Double Reed Society Executive Board spanned 12 years–First Vice-President from 1986-1990, then President from 1990-1993 and finally Immediate Past President from 1994-1997. He is the only living, retired, former IDRS President to remain unrecognized as an Honorary IDRS Member.

    As a performer, Charles Veazey served as a regular member of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and performed in solo recitals and chamber music settings with colleagues throughout the course of his lengthy career. He expanded our oboe repertoire through premiere performances and recordings. In the spring of 1997, he premiered David Maslanka’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano under the direction of the composer. His recording of Fisher Tull’s Concertino for Oboe and Winds is available on Klavier (KCD11071).

    As a teacher, Professor Veazey taught hundreds of oboe students over nearly five decades. He held faculty positions at Northern Michigan University, West Texas State University and The University of North Texas. While at The University of North Texas, he served as Coordinator of Woodwind Instruction in the very large UNT College of Music. During the 1993-94 academic year, he was recognized as a UNT Regents Professor; in 2000, Dr. Veazey was presented with the UNT President’s Council Teaching Award, both are esteemed university-wide honors. He retired in the Spring of 2011 after 47 years of teaching—37 of those years at the University of North Texas. His former students have performed as regular members in professional orchestras and bands across the globe, including orchestras of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Fort Worth, Honolulu, New Orleans, Sarasota, San Francisco, and the United States Coast Guard Band. Other former students have served full-time on faculties of various universities including Arkansas Tech University, Columbia University, Missouri State University, Pasco-Hernando State College, San Jose State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Tech University, University of Georgia, University of Idaho, University of South Florida, University of Wyoming, and Youngstown State University.

    His seminal research on woodwind vibrato transcended his large, successful oboe studio and addressed age-old questions posed by the international woodwind community. His research into the laryngeal function of woodwind instrumentalists during performance was first published in Tibia, a scholarly German periodical, and presented at the National Flute Association Convention in St. Louis.

    Finally, as an experienced and celebrated reed maker, Professor Veazey wrote and developed The Oboe Reed Video; A Step by Step Guide (1988), the very first of several instructional videos on oboe reed making.

    Over nearly five decades, Dr. Charles O. Veazey has exhibited exceptional qualities and meritorious service to double reed societies through the areas of performance, teaching, publications, and reed making. He is the only living, retired, former IDRS President to remain unrecognized as an Honorary IDRS Member. Now in his 80th year, it is past time to recognize Dr. Veazey’s salient contributions to the international music community with 2022 Honorary Membership in the International Double Reed Society!

    Please include a biography of the nominee (max 500 words)
    Charles Orlando Veazey was born in Texas in October of the year 1941. He is 80 years old this year. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin and a doctoral degree in oboe performance from the University of Michigan. Dr. Veazey held full-time positions with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Northern Michigan University, West Texas State University and the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas, he served as Coordinator of Woodwind Instruction in the very large UNT College of Music. During the 1993-94 academic year, he was recognized as a UNT Regents Professor; in 2000, Dr. Veazey was presented with the UNT President’s Council Teaching Award, both are esteemed university-wide honors. He retired in the Spring of 2011 after 47 years of teaching—37 of those years at the University of North Texas. His former students have performed as regular members in professional orchestras and bands across the globe, including orchestras of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Fort Worth, Honolulu, New Orleans, Sarasota, San Francisco, and the United States Coast Guard Band. Other former students have served full-time on faculties of various universities, including Arkansas Tech University, Columbia University, Missouri State University, Pasco-Hernando State College, San Jose State University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Tech University, University of Georgia, University of Idaho, University of South Florida, University of Wyoming, and Youngstown State University.

    Please include any other supporting information to enhance the candidate’s nomination (e.g. Names of other members supporting this nomination, articles, digital links, etc.)
    Also see: “Tribute to Charles Veazey: Consummate Teacher, Performer and Scholar” published first in the NACWPI Journal Vol. 60, No. 1 and reprinted in The Double Reed Vol. 34, No. 3.

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