Founding Mother of the International Double Reed Society
reeds, music societies, music periodicals, Jean Barker Cantwell
Who are the female trailblazers in our insular world of oboe performance and teaching? In The Double Reed, Vol. 31, No.1, Nancy Ambrose King, the first female president of IDRS and thus herself a trailblazer, introduces the unquestionable legacy of Lady Evelyn Barbirolli, also known as Evelyn Rothwell. King also cites a number of female pioneers in our field, including Lois Wann, Laila Storch and others. But a certain founding mother of the IDRS has been overlooked, although her photo figured prominently with the founding fathers on the 25th Anniversary cover of The Double Reed. Jean Barker Cantwell, the first recording secretary for the International Double Reed Society, was also the author numerous pedagogical articles for the Wind Brass and Percussion Magazine. Eventually her creative endeavors reached beyond the oboe world, but those early wartime years in Chicago are quite remarkable and bear remembering.
Libby, Cynthia Green. "Founding Mother of the International Double Reed Society." Double Reed 31, no. 3 (September 2008): 85-90.