As a member of IDRS, the largest organization of its kind in the world, you gain access to an active community of double reed players, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. Benefits of membership include the IDRS publications, access to members-only resources online including recordings, podcasts, videos, a message board, entrance to its annual conference and much more.
IDRS publishes four issues of The Double Reed annually, a journal containing the latest double reed related research, current events, new music, performance and recording reviews. Its editorial team is augmented each edition with pedagogic contributions from members of the IDRS and that of other publications.
While there is a wealth of information available to non-members, significant portions of the IDRS website resources are available only to its members. These member-only sections require a username and password issued to members when joining IDRS.
Annual IDRS Conference
Each year, IDRS sponsors an international conference. The conference is a five-day event that includes concerts, recitals, master classes and workshops presented by leading double reed artists and pedagogues from around the globe. More information.
Fernand Gillet - Hugo Fox International Competition
Each year at it conference, the IDRS sponsors and international competition. The competition rotates each year for bassoon or oboe. The competition is dedicated to the memory of the late master oboist and honorary member of the IDRS, Fernand Gillet, and to the memory of master bassoonist Hugo Fox, principal bassoonist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1922-1949. First prize is an $8,000 US cash award. The second prize is a $3,000 US cash award. Other finalists will receive a $1,000 US cash award. More information.
In 1994, IDRS created a grant program for its members. The purpose of the grant is to assist the members of IDRS in realizing projects related specifically to the double reed profession. Projects must benefit directly or indirectly the general members of the society and must contribute to the long-term advancement of the field of double reeds. Please submit grant proposals to the President for review by the Executive Committee.
IDRS Commissioning Project
IDRS commissions works that feature bassoon and oboe. In 1994, IDRS, in cooperation with the British Double Reed Society, IDRS Deutschland e.v., the Japan Bassoon Society, and the 24th International Double Reed Festival of Rotterdam, commissioned Jean Françaix to write his Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano. This composition was premiered during the 24th International Double Reed Festival, is published by Schott and was recorded and released by IDRS. IDRS has also commissioned works from composers Paquito DiRivera, Bill Douglas, Jan Bach, Thea Musgrave, and Libby Larsen.
IDRS Group Musical Instrument Insurance Policy
The IDRS offers an instrument insurance policy designed exclusively for members by Clarion Associates, Inc. More information.