Double Reed Day

Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:00am-6:00pm

Open to bassoonists and oboists of all ages and abilities. Music Educators are welcome to attend.
Everyone should bring their instrument, and repertoire regardless of performing in a master class.

Register here!

Please note that registration will only be available online.  Registration closes Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4:00pm. Registration will NOT be available at the door on the event day. The $20 registration fee includes lunch and access to all activities for the day. Parents of participants are welcome to attend free of charge.

All Participants age 18 and under must submit a Liability and Release Form to

Liability Form

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Hosted by BGSU's:

Susan Nelson, bassoon
Nermis Mieses, oboe

2019 Guest Artists:


Janis McKay is the Professor of Bassoon at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the Principal Bassoon of the Las Vegas Philharmonic Orchestra. She also performs as Contrabassoon for the Reno Philharmonic and as principal bassoon for the Classical Music Festival in Austria. McKay has held positions and performed with numerous orchestras including the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston (WV) Orchestra, the Springfield (OH) Symphony Orchestra, the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra among many others. As a free-lance musician in Las Vegas, McKay has performed and/or toured with such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church, John Williams, Kelly Clarkson, Seth MacFarlane, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, Metallica, Stevie Wonder, and Tony Bennett.

Her solo cd, Dark Wind, was released by Troppo Note Publishing in 2017; she may also be heard on Summit, d'Note, Starkland Records, and First Edition recordings. McKay is the author of Played Out on the Strip: The Rise and Fall of Las Vegas Casino Bands, published by the University of Nevada Press in 2016.


Dr. Alex Hayashi is Instructor of Oboe at Western Michigan University.  Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Alex attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned his BM in Oboe Performance (2011).  He went on to the University of Michigan, where he obtained his MM (2013) and his DMA (2016), both in oboe performance.

An avid teacher, Alex has instructed students ranging from beginner to advanced.  Alex's students have consistently placed into top chairs all-state orchestras, bands, and youth orchestras in Michigan and Nevada, earned Superior ratings in solo and ensemble festivals, and has been accepted into summer programs including the Brevard Music Center High School Program, the University of Michigan MPulse Oboe Institute, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.  Additionally, his students have been accepted into competitive music programs, including the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Texas - Austin, and University of Southern California. During the summers, he conducts lessons and masterclasses in Japan, most recently working with students in Kyushu (Southwestern part of Japan). Alex also serves as Oboe and Winds Faculty at the Clear Creek Music Festival, and has worked as Assistant Instructor at the U-M MPulse Oboe Institute and Clinician at Hawaii Youth Symphony Pacific Music Institute.

As a performer, Alex is well-versed in large ensembles, chamber music, and solo venues on both oboe and English horn.  He has performed with US orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.  Alex also has international performance experience at festivals and competitions in Japan, Austria, Switzerland, and the British Isles. He is a regular member of the TAD Wind Symphony, a wind band based in Tokyo, Japan and led by Takayoshi "TAD" Suzuki.  Alex was recently invited to the 4th Barbirolli International Oboe Festival and Competition, where he received the Jennifer Elstub Memorial Prize for his rendition of the York Bowen Sonata.

Alex has recently performed as principal oboe of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, oboist of the Emblems Quintet, and a founding member of Argentum Chamber Works in Las Vegas.

Most recently, Alex recorded an album of Japanese composed oboe and piano works with University of Michigan faculty member, Dr. Matthew Thompson. Their CD, JAPONICA, is expected to release late-2018. Alex and Dr. Thompson performed a selection of JAPONICA at the 2018 International Double Reed Society Conference held in Granada, Spain.

Alex's primary teachers include Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Dr. Stephen Caplan, and Susan Ochi-Onishi. In addition, Alex has studied with and participated in masterclasses with Alex Klein, Nathan Hughes, Rebecca Henderson, and Eugene Izotov, among others.


Solo competition, performances, master classes, double reed choir for all that want to play, vendor exhibits, and a closing performance with the competition winners.


Carlos Coelho Woodwinds
Miller Marketing Co.
Moosmann Bassoons
Otter Creek Double Reed
Weisberg Systems

The mission of the BGSU DRD Solo Competition is to offer a valuable performance opportunity for young double reed students. By providing immediate feedback from professional musicians we encourage and train them in the art of performance. Furthermore, we strive to boost their motivation for future auditions and competitions.


High School: Ages 15-18
College Level: Ages 18-22 (graduated from HS)

High School: Ages 15-18
College Level: Ages 18-22 (graduated from HS)


Students must be older than 15 and younger than 22 on the competition day.


Any work for oboe or bassoon with piano accompaniment. Duration of the music selection (with or without cuts) must be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 minutes.


  • Competitors must submit an unedited recording of themselves performing their chosen competition repertoire (maximum 10 minutes). Submitted recordings with piano accompaniment will be given priority, but recordings may be submitted without the piano accompaniment. Cuts are allowed, with written description of the cut(s) upon submission. Recordings must be received by Monday, February 25.
  • Submissions by mail or electronically are acceptable.
  • The work performed at the competition must be the same as on the audition recording.
Dr. Susan Nelson,
Double Reed Day Solo Competition
Bowling Green State University
College of Musical Arts
1031 Moore Musical Arts Center
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403-0290


A maximum of 5 competitors in each of the four categories will be accepted to compete. All entrants will be notified of acceptance in the competition by email no later than Friday, Friday, March 1, 2019.


All works must be performed at the competition with piano. Upon acceptance in the competition, competitors may provide their own pianist or request an accompanist through BGSU. A copy of the piano accompaniment music must be sent with the audition recording. If requesting a BGSU pianist, mark cuts in the piano part upon submission.


Alex Hayashi, ob
Nermis Mieses, ob
Oboe judge- TBD
Susan Nelson, bsn
Janis McKay, bsn
Bassoon judge- TBD


For each of the four categories a 1st prize, 2nd prize, and Honorable mention will be awarded.

 1st Prizes: $75 gift certificate to TrevCo-Varner Music, Certificate of Participation, and performance at the Double Reed Day closing concert.

2nd Prizes: $50 gift certificate to TrevCo-Varner Music and Certificate of Participation

Honorable mention: Certificate of Participation

If there are any questions about the BGSU Double Reed Day or Competition, please contact Dr. Nermis Mieses at or 419-372-2955.

Register today to participate in the Oboe and Bassoon masterclasses with our guest artists and host faculty. Spaces are limited! Participants will be selected to represent a varied repertoire. You will be asked to list your masterclass repertoire on the registration page.

How to Prepare

Keep in mind a masterclass is like a private lesson open to an audience. Therefore your participation must be performance ready. Solo competition repertoire is acceptable material for the masterclasses.

7:00am - Competitor check-in

7:30am - Competition warm-up/rehearsals

9:00am - General check-in (Note that registration will NOT be available at the door)
​Registration is ONLINE ONLY- Last day to register is Friday, March 30 at 4pm 

​9:00am - Solo Competitions (open to the public) | Exhibits Open 9-4

​10:45am - Guest Artist & Faculty ​Recital (open to the public) | Announcement of Solo Competition Winners (Photo)

​11:30am - Special Sessions to be Announced

12:30pm - Lunch (provided)  

1:15pm - Masterclasses

4:00pm - Double Reed Ensemble rehearsal (anyone that wants to play)

5:00pm - Closing Concert: featuring Solo Competition winners and Double Reed Ensemble (Open to the Public)