I’m putting the finishing touches on an interview with National Symphony bassist and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Ira Gold. Ira was one of our very first guests on the podcast (you can year him episodes 15, 18, and 43 of the podcast), and it was great to get a chance to catch up with him and do a “round two” interview. Ira has been quite busy in the 10 years since I last featured him!
We talked about the three summer camps at which he’ll be teaching:
Applications are open for all of these right now. The DCBass application deadline is April 1st, so be sure to get in your materials if you’re looking to apply. Ira and Paul are awesome–highly recommended as a first-class summer experience.
Here are the DCBass details:
DCBass, an intense, informative, and engaging double bass workshop will take place June 12-17, 2016 at American University in Washington, D.C. Bass Faculty are Paul DeNola, National Symphony Orchestra member and faculty at American University, and Ira Gold, National Symphony Orchestra member and faculty at Peabody Conservatory. The faculty are eager to help launch your playing to the next level. Program will include private lessons, technique classes, orchestral repertoire classes, and solo masterclasses. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a duet with one of the bass faculty. Acceptance is by recorded video audition only. Recommended ages 18 and up. Lunch will be provided. No overnight housing provided.
Application: Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org the following information – name, address, email, current school, age, current and major teachers (last five years). Please provide a short description of your ensemble experience. There is no application fee.
Audition: no more than 10 minutes – include solo of choice and two excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire. Tracks may be separated. Recorded video submission may be emailed directly to email@example.com or upload your video to Dropbox and email us a link to view.
Application and Audition must be received by April 1, 2016
Tuition: $495 (includes lunch each day) – due by May 1, 2016
Two merit-based full tuition scholarships will be awarded.
Enrollment will be limited to ten students.
Accepted applicants will be notified before May 1, 2016.
Excerpt materials for camp study and chamber music repertoire will be available once applicants have verified his/her acceptance to DCBass. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of housing options.
9:30 – 11:00 Group Warmup and Technique
11:15 – 12:15 Lessons/Practice
1:00 – 3:00 Orchestral Repertoire Class
3:15 – 4:15 Lessons/Practice
4:30 – 6:00 Solo Masterclass
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