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Come and play with the Double Reed Band!

Hi everyone,

Come and play Bernstein's West Side Story, in an arrangement for DOUBLE REEDBAND(oboes, cor anglais and bassoons). Everyone is welcome. Lots of people on each part, wrong notes won't be noticed, it doesn't matter if you can't play more than a few notes here and there. Just come along and have fun! 
This is a FREE event and part of the NZDRS Feast of NZ Music for Double Reed Ensemble.
3pm  Saturday 21 July Mt Eden Village Centre
Send us an email at if you would like to be involved, with details of your instrument and your level, and we will send you some music to try out beforehand.
Here are some tasters: Maria
America Thanks to Wonderful Winds and the arranger, Alfie Pugh
Look forward to seeing you …

Introducing our six finalists!

Congratulations to the six finalists of the Double Reed Composition Competition! Their compositions will form the basis of a collection of pieces by NZ composers suitable for intermediate double reed ensembles (oboe and bassoon). They will be published by SOUNZ. Perfect pieces for NZCT Chamber Music Contest 2019.
Colin Decio - Chorale for Three Bassoons
Ross James Carey - Petite Suite for Double Reed Trio (two oboes and bassoon)
David Hamilton - Double Reed Quartet (three oboes and bassoon)
Joshua Taylor - quest for morrowkind (two oboes and bassoon)
Jayan Bhikha - Te Ngahere (two oboes and bassoon)
Chris Adams - Canticum Novum Terrae (two oboes and two bassoons)

Congratulations as well to Victor Wei, winner of the high school section of the NZDRS Composition Competition for his piece for oboe and three bassoons, Topp Enstance.

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

Composition Competition

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