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NZDRS Oboe and Bassoon Competition 2022!

We are excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2022 Bassoon and Oboe Competition!

Entries are now open, and will close on the 15th of May 2022 at 11.59pm.


The New Zealand Double Reed Society 

proudly presents the 

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NZDRS Oboe and Bassoon Competition 2022 

The New Zealand Double Reed Society (NZDRS) is a branch of the Australasian Double Reed Society, a non-profit organisation which promotes and enhances the knowledge of

double reed instruments (oboe and bassoon family). NZDRS runs a chamber music club, regular performer’s evenings, masterclasses and other workshops throughout the year. 

The NZDRS is excited to announce the third ever Oboe and Bassoon Competition. Performers are to send in video recordings of their

performance, which will be judged by oboist Martin Lee and bassoonist Ingrid Hagan.

There are three categories; Junior, Intermediate, and Open, and prizes for each of these categories for both Oboists and Bassoonists! Finalists may

have their entry video posted on the NZDRS Facebook page. 

Please see below for competition guidelines and how to enter. 

Competition Guidelines 

How to Enter 

Entries will open online on March 24, 2022.  To enter, entrants must fill out and submit an application form.

Entrants must then send a video recording of their performance or upload to YouTube and send the link to: 

Video recordings must be made with one fixed camera angle/location, focused such that the performer and the accompanist (if applicable) are visible at all times.    

Check videos for sound quality prior to sending. 

The repertoire that was chosen must be outlined in the email. 

The files must be clearly labelled with the entrant’s name. 

Two performance pieces may be sent as one video file or two separate files. 

If uploading to Youtube,  set the privacy settings for the video to ‘Public’ and ‘Unlisted’ and email the link.

The email must be received by May 15, 2022   

Submissions will not be accepted if the entrant has not filled out the online application form.

Click here for tips on recording videos. 


Please choose a category at your teacher's discretion.

Junior - Entrants who have learned for 2 years or less are to submit a recording of 1 short piece. 

Intermediate - Entrants who have learned for more than 2 years and are 16 years old or under are to submit 2 short but contrasting pieces of 4-8 minutes combined.

Open - Entrants of any age who have learned for more than 2 years are to submit 2 pieces of 10-15 minutes combined.

Please note: The categories above are guidelines, and the Judges Panel may use their

discretion to move candidates into another category as they see appropriate. Past winners must enter the next category, e.g. the junior winner from 2021 must enter Intermediate 2022 and so on. This does not apply to the Open category.

Memorisation is not required and the use of accompaniments is optional. Accompaniments can however be useful for the performer and may help ‘fill out’ a performance.

Anyone may accompany an entrant. Some accompaniment recordings from the ABRSM syllabus can be found here: ABRSM: Downloads (select Oboe or Bassoon and then the applicable grade). 

Prizes to be included from: 

Oboe: Junior 

ABI Music $200 repair voucher

● KGE Reeds 10 x Artist oboe reeds

● 2 tickets to APO Unwrap concert 2022 or 2023

Oboe: Intermediate 

● ABI Music $200 Repair Voucher

● KGE Reeds 10 x professional reeds

● APO concert voucher for 2 

Oboe: Open 

● ABI Music $200 repair voucher

● KGE Reeds 10 x professional bocal oboe reeds

● 2 x one hour lessons from a NZ based oboe teacher of your choice 


Bassoon: Junior 

*  ABI Music $200 repair voucher

● KGE Reeds 10 x Artist bassoon reeds

● Two tickets to an APO Unwrap concert in 2022 or 2023

Bassoon: Intermediate 

● ABI Music $200 repair voucher

● KGE Reeds 10 x Professional bassoon reeds

● APO concert voucher for 2

Bassoon: Open 

● ABI Music $200 repair voucher

● KGE shaped and profiled bassoon cane x 50

● 2 x one hour lessons from a NZ based bassoon teacher of your choice 


Competition Information 

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on 15 May 2022

Prize winners will be announced 5 June 2022           

The judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into after prizes have been announced and the winners have been contacted. 

Winners may be asked to give the NZDRS permission to post their entry video on the NZDRS Facebook page. 

Entrants may only enter once and must be a New Zealand or Australia resident. 

The entrant must provide a physical address in New Zealand or Australia as part of the application. 

The application must have accurate email addresses and phone numbers for the entrant. 

Entry Fees 

Entrance fees are waived for NZDRS members. 

Become a member here.

Fees for non-members are:  

$10 for Junior category

$15 for Intermediate category 

$20 for Open category.

All entry fees are non refundable. 


MARTIN LEE (Oboe and Cor Anglais, New Zealand) 

After studying under Jeffrey Crellin, Anthony Camden, and Emanuel Abbuhl, Martin Lee took the job as Principal Oboe

in the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1995 until 2008. During that time he regularly appeared as oboe soloist in

New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Dunedin Sinfonia,

performing concerti by Mozart, Marcello, Albinoni and Vaughan Williams. Since 1998, Martin has taught oboe at

The Auckland University School of Music. In 2008, Martin took up the position of Principal Cor Anglais in the

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and still teaches oboe at the University of Auckland. 

 INGRID HAGAN  (Bassoon, New Zealand)

Ingrid Hagan has been the Principal Bassoon of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra since 2010. During that time

she has performed extensively throughout NZ as a soloist, orchestral member and chamber musician. She performed

the John Williams Concerto with the APO in 2013, a New Zealand premiere. She also premiered the Nino Rota

Concerto with the Bay of Plenty Orchestra.

Prior to her tenure with the Auckland Philharmonia, she spent three seasons with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach,

USA. Additionally, she has performed with the Norrkoping Symphony, Festivalensemble Stuttgart, and was principal of the

Breckenridge Music Festival in 2009. She has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and National Repertory Festival in the USA. 

Ingrid Hagan has participated in several international music competitions, notably placing 2nd in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi

Competition 2007, honourable mention in the Fernand Gillet-Hugo Fox Competition 2011, and the Swiss Muri Competition 2013.


The NZDRS would like to thank our sponsors, whose generosity has made it possible to hold this competition: 

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the New Zealand Double Reed Society. 




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 Entry form: 

Click here
After you submit your entry, please send your performance video(s) to

Categories for each instrument are Junior, Intermediate and Open

Performers are then to send in video recordings of their performance, which will be judged by oboist Martin Lee and bassoonist Ingrid Hagan.

There are many exciting prizes available for each category! More information about these can be found in the competition guidelines.

Please note that this competition is only open to current New Zealand and Australian citizens/residents.

Looking forward to seeing your applications come through soon!

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