The Midwest Double Reed Society is an active organization stemming from the six-state area of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa. Each year the society sponsors a young artist competition for high school and university students in the six-state area and a double reed festival featuring master classes, recitals, and clinics. The society publishes a newsletter, The Double Read Times, three times a year containing announcements of events in the region, news about the membership, and articles including a columns on double reed pedagogy, instrument maintenance, and reeds.
The society was founded in 1983 as the first regional chapter of the International Double Reed Society. The founding members were Marita Abner, Carol Padgham Albrecht, Jean Cantwell, Judith R. Dietz, Harvey Doemland, Beth Fleming, Phyllis Glass, Alan Hawkins, Tamara Heitland, Frank Malewski, Jody Mantarro, Anne Miller, Morton Rader, Pamela Smith, and Susan Copeland Wilson. The members began publishing the newsletter in 1984 and established the Young Artist Competition in 1987. In the years since, the prizes for the Young Artist Competition have expanded in quantity and amount thanks to the fundraising efforts of our members and the generous donations of our sponsors. The annual meeting expanded to a weekend festival in 2002, and the newsletter has shifted its emphasis from general announcements to increasingly scholarly material. In 2008 the society took on its first commissioning project. The works were premiered at the 2008 MDRS Double Reed Festival and performed at the 2009 International Double Reed Society conference in Birmingham, England.
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