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Carolyn Bryant

Founded in 1972, the organization seeks to facilitate learning about the art, craft, and science of lutherie. It was organized by a group of craftsmen to provide a forum for sharing information about building string instruments, including guitars of all types, mandolins, lutes, violins, and others. In 2010 it had more than 3600 members from the United States and 40 other countries.

The Guild (<http://www.luth.org>) welcomes makers of all experience levels and is committed to advancing the free exchange of information to allow its members to learn from the experiences of others in the field. Its quarterly journal American Lutherie (published since 1985) is the primary vehicle for accomplishing the Guild’s goal of sharing information. In addition, the organization has published Historical Lute Construction (2001), an expanded version of articles written by master luthier Robert Lundberg, as well as Lutherie Tools (1990) and ...

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Sarah Deters Richardson

[IDRS]

International organization established in 1971, dedicated to double reed players, instrument manufacturers, and enthusiasts. The society aims to enhance the art of double reed playing; encourage the performance of double reed literature; improve instruments, tools, and reed-making material; encourage the composition and arranging of music for double reeds; act as a resource for performers; assist teachers and students of double reed instruments; encourage cooperation and an exchange of ideas between the music industry and the society; and foster a world-wide communication between double reed musicians (IDRS Constitution, 1997). IDRS has over 4,400 members from 56 countries. The society’s website (www.idrs.org) hosts archives of its publications, conferences, and competitions, along with information on double reed performance, pedagogy, and research.

The society grew out of a thrice-yearly newsletter, To the World’s Bassoonists (1969–77). In the second year of its existence, a parallel newsletter, To the World’s Oboists...

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Sarah Deters Richardson

[IHS]

International organization dedicated to horn performance, teaching, composition, and research, and the preservation and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument. The society was formed in June 1970 at the Second International Horn Workshop, in Tallahassee, Florida. It began publishing a refereed journal, The Horn Call, in Feb 1971; since its inception the journal has grown from a biannual to a quarterly publication. The society holds workshops, lectures, and seminars; awards grants and scholarships; encourages new compositions and arrangements for the horn; and presents honors and recognition for distinctive service related to the horn. It also maintains the IHS Archive, housed in the Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music, as a repository for documents and memorabilia related to the history and development of the society, as well as for specially donated material relating to the horn. Its website www.hornsociety.org contains information on society activities and events of interest to horn players. IHS has over 3500 members from 55 countries, including university teachers, students, horn designers/builders, composers, music libraries, music publishers, internationally renowned touring artists, symphony musicians, and amateur players....