James Sullivan, bass faculty
- US News Ranking: #8 (tie) in Regional Universities Midwest
- US News Overall Score (out of 100): 82
- Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $33,966
- Room & Board 2016-17: $11,690
- Total Enrollment: 2,495
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 70%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 12:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 58%
- % of undergrads receiving Financial aid: 69%
- Average Financial Aid: $22,217
Double Bass Statistics
- Average number of undergraduate bass students: 5
- Average number of graduate bass students: 0
- Studio Class, Workshop (weekly performance opportunity in front of entire dept)
What Alumni Are Doing
- Graduate performance degree, K-12 music teacher, music therapist
Perspectives from the Bass Faculty
Q: What are some of your favorite experiences teaching at your school?
A: Exceptional performance faculty (most play in Evansville Philharmonic and hold advanced degrees in performance), weekly faculty recitals, small studios with lots of individual attention for students, small class sizes (music theory and music history), lots of opportunities for non-majors to participate in ensembles and take lessons, university and department scholarships available for both majors and non-majors.
About The Bass Faculty
James Sullivan is assistant professor of music theory and double bass at the University of Evansville. He holds a DMA and MM in double bass performance from the Eastman School of Music, as well as a BM in double bass performance and a BS in mathematics from Indiana University. He is currently finishing a PhD in music theory at Eastman.
Sullivan received the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Teaching and Eastman’s Teaching Assistant Prize. Past teaching includes Eastman’s full undergraduate theory and aural skills curriculum, the graduate theory review sequence, and guest double bass lessons and classes.
Sullivan has presented at numerous conferences, including those of the Society for Music Theory, the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and the International Society of Bassists on topics as diverse as mathematical music theory, rhythm perception, and the performance and analysis of post-tonal music. He is currently working on a Post-Tonal Method Book for the Double Bass. Sullivan’s performance interests are varied but focus especially on new music. He has commissioned and premiered numerous pieces for double bass and has performed with Eastman Broadband at Carnegie Hall.