One of the new offerings from Contrabass Conversations in 2016 is an interview with people who have just won major professional double bass jobs. In these episodes, we talk through their audition process and preparation and delve into techniques for finding success in auditions.
Our first guest for this new project is Ian Hallas, the newest member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago double bass section. Ian successfully auditioned for Lyric earlier this month and joins a section with former Contrabass Conversations guests Greg Sarchet and Andrew Anderson. Ian studied with Paul Ellison at Rice University and David Allen Moore at the University of Southern California. Ian also happens to be a former student of mine!
This episode will be released next Thursday (2/4/16). I think that you’ll really be interested in Ian’s thoughts on auditions. He is thoughtful and perceptive and offers up valuable lessons for everyone.