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Composition Competition deadline coming up!

It is so exciting to see entries for the composition prize coming in. 


Don't worry if your composition is a bit too short or you are not quite sure if you have got the level right. We are aware that these parameters present their own challenges, so send us your piece anyway! What we are really interested in are new chamber pieces for double reed ensembles.

View the guidelines here and some extra tips here.

Composition Competition Guideline Samples

We hope your submissions for the NZDRS Chamber Music Composition Competition are going well!  Here are a couple of notes that might help you with your composition. 
You can find a guideline of the Grade Five level for oboe here, and a guideline of the Grade Five level for bassoon here
Please note the pitch parameters for each composition are:  [Oboe] B (below middle C) - Eb"[Bassoon] Low Bb - G (above middle C) And a few more parameters: Key signatures may be up to 3 sharps or 3 flatsAccidentals can be used but avoid too many different onesFor tonguing, the maximum speed is semiquavers at crotchet = 80, but this should be  repeated notes or easy patterns at this speedNB: Exam scale speeds at this level are crotchet = 84, playing quavers Make sure that that the instruments are not all playing all of the time. A bar rest here and there is essential.
Hope to see your submissions in soon!

Performance Club

Chamber Music Club

NZDRS Chamber Music Club

An afternoon to learn from one of Auckland's top professional double reed players, meet other double reed players, have a lot of fun, make music and have afternoon tea together at a lovely venue. Why not give it a try?  

This year's dates (subject to sufficient numbers): Saturday 17 March, 14 April, 19 May, 16 June, 21 July,18 August, 15 September, 20 October,17 November
Contact us at for more information

Christmas Party 2017


Reed Making Workshop

Reed Making Workshop Thursday 12th October 2017, 2.00 – 4.30pm St Cuthbert’s Performing Arts Centre, 122 Market Road, Epsom, Auckland. A hands-on opportunity for both oboists and bassoonists to learn in small groups from professional players who make their own reeds. Cost: $35 (NZDRS members), $50 (non-members) Places are limited so register now by return email stating what reed making equipment (if any) you are able to bring. Then secure your place with payment of the fee into the NZDRS bank account 38 9016 0011004 00. Include your name and reed making as the reference

Click here to register for the masterclass

Just a quick reminder of what a masterclass is for those of you who may never have been to one before, if you boil it down to it's basic form it is essentially a "public lesson". The participants get to have a short lesson with a tutor based on a piece of music they are currently working on or just want to play and get feedback on, while other people get to listen in and also receive the same benefits of hearing the teaching that the participant/performer does!
So not only is a Masterclass a great opportunity for people to take part and play in from a performance perspective, but it is also just as great an opportunity for others to come along and listen to as well, so don't let the fact that you may not be participating by playing stop you from coming along and getting the most out of this event! (And don't forget the free afternoon tea..!)

Oboe Recital

Akaroa Summer School