More than 600 oboists and bassoonists are wandering the OU School of Music this week as OU hosts the 39th International Double Reed Society Conference.

The conference, which started Tuesday, features oboists and bassoonists, many who are professional musicians in orchestras and universities around the world, in evening concerts through June 26. It includes performances, master classes, lectures and exhibitors throughout each day. The events are open to anyone who registers, according to a release.


OU is Oklahoma University. Which makes me hope they wrote some sort of wonderful song for the event:

OOOOk-lahoma, where the reeds comes sweepin’ down the plain,
And the raucous crow will sure sound low, as bassoons will try to steal the show
OOOOk-lahoma, Ev’ry night my oboe reeds and I,
Sit alone and weep, we all lose sleep as we think about our fate and cry.

We know we belong to the cane (yo-ho)
And the cane we belong to’s a pain!
And when we say
Yeeow! Aye-yip-aye-yo-ee-ay!
We’re only sayin’
You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma O.K.!

(Sorry … best I could do in the time allotted.)

One of these years I’ll get to one of these conventions. Maybe.


  1. Hey now, who are you calling a nerd?? It was fun! Next year will be in Tempe at ASU. Close enough for you to go!

  2. But of course, Ceci, there are always a few non-nerds who attend. I just might be one of ’em next year! 😉

  3. I wanted to go this year only because it was held in my home state!

    I avoided the nerd fest to stay home and see interleague play at Citi Field. I asked Pedro to bring me a Tshirt, though: it has a tornado on it, so I HAD to have it!

    Nice lyrics, BTW!

  4. Maybe a convention will land in a city where your team is playing at some point, Susan. Then you can go to both and have a tax deduction too!

    Hope you get that t-shirt, though!

    I should really spend more time on the lyrics and do a full song. But we’ll see if I really get to it. (At the moment I’m watching the Giants get creamed by Houston. ACK! It’s currently 7-2. Sigh.)