Conference Information

IDRS 51st Conference
University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music
July 26-30, 2022

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Conference Program BookWorld-class artists and pedagogues from around the globe will assemble in Boulder to present five-days of performances, masterclasses, and lectures.
54 double reed specialty companies will exhibit at the conference, including instrument makers, reed tool manufactures, sheet music and double reed specialists from US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Netherlands.

Two international bassoon and oboe competitions will be conducted. 

Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox International Competition • Norma Hooks Young Artist International Competition

Take advantage of discounts and free T-shirt when you register early!

Registration OPEN

On Campus Lodging andd Dining – Registration  site now open

COVID update: Attendees are expected to follow all CDC, state of Colorado, and CU Boulder public health orders, guidelines and policies in place at the time of the conference.

University of Colorado Boulder Official– COVID 19 Update


What to Expect in Boulder Right Now

The Universtiy of Colorado Boulder, College of Music

    • The University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music is the hosting institution and Yoshi Ishikawa and Peter Cooper are the hosts of the 51st IDRS Conference.
    • Events will be held at the central campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, in the Imig Music Building’s new $57-million, 64,000-square-foot addition, the historic 2,000-seat Macky Auditorium, and the University Memorial Center’s 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall.

    • Virtually all major bassoon and oboe makers from the US, Europe and Asia will exhibit their instruments and make them available for trial. 
    • One-of-a-kind specialty reed tools, reed cane, and every imaginable double reed gadget made by master craftsman from the US, Europe and Asia will be on display. 
    • Extensive repertoire for double reed instruments will also be available. Conference schedule and artist info will be posted by February 2022. Early Bird Registration is open mid February, 2022.

High Altitude Reed Advice – Oboe

Boulder, Colorado has an altitude of 5,328 feet (1,624 meters). When traveling from a lower altitude to a higher one, generally two things happen to oboe reeds…




High Altitude Reed Advice – Bassoon

Anyone traveling from near sea level to Boulder will experience dramatic changes to their reeds. The following are suggestions based on my experience living and performing bassoon in Boulder…




String Quartet-in-Residence

Carpe Diem, the official string-quartet-in-residence during the IDRS 2022 Conference, will perform chamber music for double reed instrument/s and string quartet with selected artists.

“The Carpe Diem players turned in a fiery and flexible performance that was astonishingly free…” (The New York Times)


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