Summer study at Peabody

Hello all – this is Jeff Weisner, bassist in the National Symphony Orchestra and faculty member at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. There’s a new, week-long bass institute happening this Summer on the historic Baltimore campus of Peabody Conservatory – Peabody Bass Works 2012. We’re tremendously excited about it and wanted to let the Bass Blog community know some details. There are two divisions to Peabody Bass Works, and I’d like to briefly describe each as they each have their own application process.

– The Peabody Bass Works Collegiate Division will select up to six elite bass students, 18 years of age or older, for a six-day intensive program of study, lessons, practice, master classes, and performance from July 2-8, 2012. The participants will work on a daily basis with the entire Peabody Conservatory bass faculty, as well as with our guest faculty artists, San Diego Symphony Principal Bass Jeremy Kurtz-Harris and nationally renowned bassist and teacher Tracy Rowell. A typical Collegiate Division day will feature a morning master class or presentation by the faculty, private lessons with faculty members, and ample practice time with faculty supervision. Students will have solo recital opportunities and participate in a mock audition. Participants will also have time to socialize and to explore Peabody and downtown Baltimore.

Collegiate Division participants will receive a full tuition scholarship covering all expenses for the week, as well as a scholarship covering their room and board during the program.

Application to this division is by CD. The required repertoire is two contrasting solo pieces, so if you already have some material recorded for another festival or event it’s easy to submit that same material for PBW. The fee is only $25 so it’s very affordable to apply. The application and more details can be found on the Peabody website at

– The Peabody Bass Works Young Bassists Division, held each day from July 5 to 8, 2012, is designed to provide unique learning opportunities to bass players with at least one year of bass study. The program will offer an expanded program of lessons and supervised practice sessions that will culminate on the final afternoon with a thrilling concert that will feature all participants. A typical Young Bassists Division Day will feature small group lessons, supervised practice, and large ensemble work. Participants will also have time to socialize during breaks and lunch time – as well as opportunities to hear mini-recitals by faculty and Collegiate Division participants. Young Bassists will work on a daily basis with the entire Peabody Conservatory faculty, as well as with our guest faculty artists Jeremy Kurtz-Harris and Tracy Rowell and other guest faculty.

Lodging for the Young Bassists Division is available on the Peabody Campus on a limited basis, as well as in nearby hotels.

For all the details on Young Bassists, as well as an application and lodging information, please check our website at:

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions at


– Jeff Weisner.

About Jason

An active double bass performer and teacher, Jason teaches double bass at DePaul University and served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Bassists for many years. Jason is the current President of the Illinois chapter of the American String Teachers Association. Jason has been a member of the Elgin Symphony since 2000 and has played with the Midsummer’s Music Festival in Door County for the past decade. He is a past member of the Milwaukee Ballet and IRIS Orchestra, and has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony, and numerous other professional ensembles.

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