14. August 2006 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Ramble

I belong to the International Double Reed Society. Note the International word there? Yes, indeed!

But this site has been pretty USA centered. Not because I don’t like other countries, mind you. It’s just that this little brain thinks from me outward. How egotistical, no? So when I began this website I first listed local orchestras on a page. Eventually I decided to list not only links to the orchestras, but to the orchestra roster as well. I then started to grow, and began to list professional symphony orchestra double reed players from all the states. Well, after listing orchestral double reed players I moved on to American opera orchestras and American ballet orchestras (although ballet sites usually deem the musicians too unimportant to list them on an online roster) and, well things moved on from there.

When the IDRS held the conference in Australia I put any Australian orchestras up that I could find. And I didn’t want to neglect our Canadian neighbors.

And then I just went wild with other kinds of ideas I came up with or that other people requested (demanded!). In fact, this was the complete page as of this morning:

EDUCATION

Boarding Schools

University, College and Conservatory Double Reed Instructors

PERSONAL

Personal Pages of Double Reed Players

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING GROUPS

American Ballet Orchestra Double Reeds

American Band and Wind Ensemble Double Reeds

American Chamber Orchestra Double Reeds

American Opera Orchestra Double Reeds

American Symphony Orchestra Double Reeds

Australian Orchestra Double Reeds

Canadian Orchestra Double Reeds

Chamber Music Sites (that include double reeds, of course!)

Period Instrument Double Reeds

So today I was reading the IDRS forum entries and it hit me; I need to add other continents to my site. Yes. Really. So I’ve begun. This is going to take tons of time, and due to my inability to speak any other languages fluently I have to do a bit of guesswork to find the orchestra rosters, but I’ll manage … I hope! So check out the beginnings of the European Double Reeds page! Yes, it’s barely there, but it’s a beginning.

I hope that anyone who has any information will feel free to [email protected]contact me. As long as you don’t bite my head off or call me an idiot I’m usually pretty cool about being given information. Really. :-)
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