Study with Tim Pitts at the Montecito Summer Music Festival

Cool info just sent out from the International Society of Bassists. For more information go to

The Montecito Summer Music Festival, July 15 – August 3, 2013, is open to outstanding string, clarinet, flute, and piano students, ages 13 and up (with possible exceptions for highly gifted students). Participants will experience three weeks of intensive focus on technique and musicianship. Each student will receive two one-hour private lessons and two coached chamber music sessions per week. Selected students will also participate in master classes, studio classes, recitals, concertos with chamber orchestra, and chamber ensembles with our esteemed faculty. World-class pianists will accompany master classes, lessons and student concerts.

Our mission combines mentoring a new generation of musicians with honoring great masters who have inspired us. We pay homage to today’s masters every summer, inviting magnificent musicians from around the globe. This year, we will have world-renowned artists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Roberto Diaz, Lynn Harrell, John Perry, and Alice Schoenfeld joining us in our sixth season. These special guest artists bestow their venerable talents on festival students in several master classes as well as private instruction.

On our faculty is also Tim Pitts, double bass professor from Rice University. He has distinguished himself as one of the most versatile double bassists of his generation. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has been heard in many of the world’s greatest concert halls.

Full-scholarship Westmont Fellowships will be offered, two each for violin, viola, cello and piano, along with one full scholarship for bass. Junior Fellowships will also be awarded, providing a $1,000 scholarship to a Junior or High School student in each instrument group. Additionally, Junior Fellowship students will perform in a special Junior Fellowship Concert. Scholarship application deadline is March 1st.

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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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