IDRS Vacant Positions

Volunteer Position

Chairperson for the Norma Hooks Young Artist International Competition – Bassoon
January 2024 through December 2027

Position Description:

IDRS is seeking applicants for the 2025 and 2027 Norma Hooks Young Artist International Competition for Bassoon Chairperson. The position will begin January 2024 until December 2027. Competition Chairs and two Advisory Committee members are chosen by the IDRS Board of Directors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Vice President and Competition Advisory Committee in recommending appropriate and diverse repertoire for the competition.
  • Work with the Vice President and Competition Advisory Committee in recommending qualified preliminary and final round judges.
  • Coordinate and manage online applications and judging portal on the Acceptd platform.
  • Prepare competition announcements on the IDRS’ Webpage, eNewsletter, and IDRS Social Media platforms in collaboration with the IDRS Communications Coordinator.
  • Organize all aspects of the competition’s final round with conference hosts.
  • Attend and oversee the competition final round during the 2025 and 2027 IDRS conferences.
  • Help promote the competition in all appropriate platforms, including video interviews with finalists.
  • Publish an article reporting on the competition in issue 3 of the Double Reed 2025 & 2027.
  • Adhere to the Competition Chairperson Guidelines in full.
  • Be timely in communication and execution of responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional experience as a bassoonist with deep knowledge of the bassoon repertoire.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in computer software applications including Microsoft and Google Drive.
  • Superior organizational skills.
  • Membership in IDRS required at the time of hiring.


  • The conference registration fee, travel, and an accommodation stipend will be covered by IDRS for the days of the competition during the 2024 and 2026 conferences.
  • This is a volunteer position.

Application Materials & Process

  • In order to be considered for the position send a letter of interest and resume to roper@idrs.org
  • Please include your relevant qualifications, experience, vision, and thoughts on moving the Norma Hooks Young Artist International Competition into a clear position of embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Review of applications will start on October 15, 2023 and will stay open until the position is filled.

IDRS Advertising Coordinator

Position Overview

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) is seeking an Advertising Coordinator to engage with the Society’s current and prospective business members and advertisers.

To build our membership and engage with the broader music community, we are searching for a highly qualified advertising coordinator who can manage our existing advertising operations while assisting with development of new initiatives aligned with our goals.

Advertising is a major and critical source of income for the IDRS. The new Advertising Coordinator will be responsible for the current list of print advertisers for each of the 4 issues of the Double Reed. This includes collecting artwork and conveying the updated advertising to the graphic designer.

With the introduction of digital advertising on the IDRS website, the Advertising Coordinator will also be responsible for the growth of the digital advertising revenue while minimizing loss to print advertising. This includes monthly updating of the advertising page on the IDRS site.

The advertising coordinator must be an organized multitasker willing to coordinate all aspects of advertising with a passion for supporting the double reed community.

Advertising Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Active campaign to attract new advertising and creative input to improve advertising programs
  • Work in conjunction with Exhibitor Coordinator and Business Member-At-Large to seek advertiser opportunities
  • Collect and coordinate printed material for The Double Reed in conjunction with The Double Reed Graphic Designer
  • Coordination with the Website Coordinator for digital advertising
  • Conveying pricing and submission information to potential advertisers
  • Collection of new artwork for both print and digital advertising
  • Monthly updates of digital advertising page
  • Maintaining up-to-date pricing and submission information for the website
  •  Invoicing
  •  Submitting advertising pricing proposals to the Board of Directors for consideration.
  • Annual advertising report to the Board of Directors

Advertising Coordinator Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with Google Workspace.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to think creatively, take initiative, and solve problems collaboratively.
  • Highly organized.
  • Advanced spreadsheet capabilities are a plus.
  • Must be an IDRS member upon accepting the position.

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter. Please confirm relevant qualifications, experiences, and vision for this  position and associated responsibilities. Please also include your thoughts on all aspects of the IDRS Mission.
  • CV/resumé

Compensation: $5,000 USD/ year

Estimated Time Commitment:  20 hours per month – Likely more to begin with as we adjust how we handle advertising. Once the procedures and policies are established – 15 hours per month.


Interested candidates must submit all of the above materials to the IDRS President, Sarah Roper, roper@idrs.org.

Review of applications will start on 09/11/2023 and will stay open until the position is filled.

About IDRS

The International Double Reed Society (IDRS) is a member-based organization made up of professional double reed players, amateurs, hobbyists, university/college instructors, music teachers, institutions, instrument manufacturers, double reed product retailers, reed makers, and enthusiasts.

IDRS was established in December 1971 for the following purposes:

  • To encourage the performance of double reed literature.
  • To encourage the improvement of instruments, reeds, and related materials.
  • To encourage the composition and arranging of music for double reeds.
  • To act as a resource for performers.
  • To assist teachers and students of double reed instruments to attain a high standard of performance.
  • To encourage cooperation and an exchange of ideas between the music industry and the Society.

The International Double Reed Society is committed to celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion in the worldwide double reed community through performance and educational opportunities, grants, and ensuring representation that reflects the richness of our multi-faceted membership.

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