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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
  • 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.

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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