Conference Information

Conference schedule and artist info will be posted by February 2021. 
Early Bird Registration open March 15, 2021.

    • The University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music is the hosting institution and Yoshi Ishikawa and Peter Cooper are the hosts of the 50th Anniversary 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 (open Fall 2020), 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 on by February 2021. Early Bird Registration open March 15, 2021.

Hosts Yoshi Ishikawa and Peter Cooper have committed to foster and embrace a core mission for the CU Boulder IDRS 50th Anniversary Conference that it will be anti-racist, diverse, and inclusive, and will provide a welcoming environment for every individual in the world-wide community of double reed professionals, students, enthusiasts and industries.

Our priority is the safety of our members and the public. We are optimistic that the conference will take place as planned. We will keep you updated with the progress of this conference.

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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Some information may not be current due to changing COVID restrictions.