What a week! A record number of double reeds flocked to the big city of New York to attend the International Double Reed Society’s (IDRS) conference at NYU. The conference began Tuesday morning and ended in the wee hours of Sunday morning with a cocktail party overlooking the beautiful New York skyline.
I spent the entire week listening to lectures and concerts, meeting new and old friends and walking around the exhibits seeing all the new gadgets available and of course trying all the great instruments. The exhibits wouldn’t have been complete without the madness of everyone noodling on the instruments, searching for one they might call their own.
And (excitedly)…. I am happy to announce that I got a new oboe! After 10 years with my last great instrument I finally have a second oboe! It’s another Lorée, but this time a 125 model. It has an extremely smooth sound and unbelievable upper range. I’m so sad that I can only play it 15 minutes a day right now!
Another great highpoint of the week was participating in the William Scheide celebration. I had the great honor of playing and singing next to Allan Vogel, Dan Stolper and Frank Morelli. Just playing with one would have been amazing, but I had all three of these greats right next to me. The celebration was made even sweeter as the 100 yr old Scheide was in the audience to experience it.
With so much that happened this week it would take days to detail it all, but I can say that I saw so many great performances, master classes and even lectures. What a great introduction to the fun of IDRS!
Now for Tokyo 2015!!
— another SoprAboist