Saw this blurb come down the news wire and had to throw in my two cents. This is probably one of the best things that a bass player could do with their summer at present. I highly recommend checking out the Domaine Forget academy if possible. Getting in is competitive, but you’ll be working with the best in the business if you make the cut.
Ali Yazdanfar, Etienne LaFrance, David Allen Moore, Nicholas Walker, François Rabbath and Paul Ellison were faculty members for the annual International Music Academy summer course for bassists at Le Domaine Forget in rural Quebec, Canada. Six days a week for four, the focus was on experiential learning through an intense rotating schedule of private lessons and daily masterclasses that guaranteed time with every teacher for the 28 participants. There were some 70 applicants for the course. Reports Renaud Boucher-Browning, a high school senior at the time, “At the end of the program, each student takes home upwards of thirty pages of exercises, painstakingly prepared by their dedicated teachers, to work on over the coming years.” Says Greg Vartian-Foss, a junior at Indiana University studying with Bruce Bransby, “The most important lesson I learned from all the teachers and students is that one’s commitment must be to never stop learning.” For more information go to http://www.domaineforget.com/en/1/stages/double-bass.