Update: I now have a dedicated summer camps page for bassists–check it out!
A post of mine about the benefits of doing summer music festivals was just released on Musicovation. This new site from Zach Preucil and Elizabeth Ekenberg focuses on positive news from about art music (isn’t that a great concept?). I also had a post published in December about my journey from freelancer to bass media dude.
In this post, I kept my actual recommendations for festivals rather general, and while these are all good recommendations for bassists as well as the more general music public, I thought that it would be helpful to put out a few more bass-specific recommendations.
I am 100% sure that I’m leaving out a great number of good programs from this list, so if I miss done you think that people should know about, leave a comment below or drop me a line at email@example.com and let me know!
I covered the following festivals in the Musicovation post:
- Aspen Music Festival
- Tanglewood Music Center
- National Repertory Orchestra
- Music Academy of the West
- National Orchestral Institute
- Domaine Forget
- National High School Music Institute
- American Russian Youth Orchestra
- Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
- Pacific Music Festival
- Spoleto Festival USA
- Britt Festival
- Des Moines Metro Opera
- Midsummer’s Music Festival
Cool Summer Experiences for Bassists
Here are some other festivals that bassists should definitely check out:
Ira is teaching at three (!) summer camps this year: DCBass, Peabody Bass Works, and his own Orchestral Bowing Workshop, which is being coordinated by former Contrabass Conversations guest Brent Edmondson. All are different, and all are highly recommended.
I’m thrilled to be involved with this long-running bass camp this summer. What a cool way to be welcomed to my new home of San Francisco! It will be held from July 18-22, 2016, and you’ll be hearing much more about this camp as it approaches. Camp director Richard Duke will be joined by double bass greats like former Contrabass Conversations guests DaXun Zhang, Rufus Reid, and Scott Pingel, along with many other noted bassists from diverse backgrounds.
Jeff Bradetich (another former Contrabass Conversations guest) has been running his master classes for nearly 30 years. I attended one of them while in high school and it changed my life. Highly recommended.
Work with some of the best bassists in the business at this highly sought-after summer experience: Hal Robinson, Eric Larson, and former Contrabass Conversations guest Ranaan Meyer work in private lesson and master class settings with attendees. You can’t go wrong with this great program.
Of course, it would be hard to put out a list of summer programs that didn’t mention the incredible International Society of Bassists Convention. This event occurs in early June every other year and will be next held from June 5-10, 2017 at Ithaca College in New York. ISB President Douglas Mapp and I had a great in-depth conversation earlier this year about the benefits of attending these events. They’ll change your life if you go—make it happen in 2017 if it’s in any way possible. You’ll also get to meet me in person!
I’m sure I’ve left out countless great camps. Chime in and I’ll add them to the list.
Additional Camp Recommendations
I read your blog post about summer camps and wanted to let you know that the Amherst Early Music Festival Baroque Academy has a new double bass program this year from July 10-17. I’m excited to join the faculty for this course!
Students will participate in master classes, Baroque ensembles coached by an internationally-renowned faculty, and explore all things “early bass” in an immersion session. They will also have the opportunity to try G violone and Viennese violone, and perform in a fully staged opera production of Reinhard Keiser’s Pomona conducted by Kevin Mallon.
The program is by audition only. A “baroque” bass is not essential for the audition or the festival, but participants will need gut strings and a Baroque bow.
I hope you can add the link to your site!
Many thanks for all you do. I really enjoy it and learn every time I listen.
from Kevin Casseday:
Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. Great seven week experience. 80 year anniversary this year.
Alum play in the great orchestras of the United States, and attend major music schools, including the Curtis Institute, Julliard School, Rice University, Cohlburn, Yale, University of Michigan, etc.