Columbus State University Hosts 850 International Musicians

COLUMBUS, Ga. --- Eight hundred fifty guests of Columbus State University who are members of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) bid farewell Thursday night during the Final Gala Orchestral Concert, the conclusion of the society's five-day conference hosted in downtown Columbus.

The IDRS is a worldwide organization of double reed musicians, instrument manufacturers and enthusiasts. This was the society’s first-ever gathering in Georgia. Previous conference locales included Tokyo, New York University and Birmingham Conservatoire, England.

The IDRS Conference brought nearly 850 visitors to CSU’s RiverPark campus, including 650 guests in hotels around town. It was one more example of CSU’s profound economic impact on its local community.

Last month, a study conducted by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia estimated CSU’s regional economic impact is $263.5 million. A 2015 study by CSU professor Ben Blair, the Sarah T. Butler Distinguished University Chair in Business and Finance and director of the Butler Center for Business and Economic Research in CSU’s Turner College of Business, estimated the economic impact of CSU’s RiverPark campus alone is $21 million annually.

“We're all proud of the facilities we call home in the RiverCenter and the Saunders Center for Music Studies,” said Scott Harris, director of CSU’s Schwob School of Music. “With great faculty and staff members and a vibrant city surrounding our RiverPark campus, it's a real treat to share those resources and put them on display, as it were, for an international audience.”

The conference, which began Sunday, June 26, served as an opportunity for the world’s best oboe and bassoon players to showcase their talents in a series of public performances. It was also an excellent opportunity for CSU’s double reed graduate students and student volunteers to gain experience running an international conference, Harris said.

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