- State: Michigan
- State School (public)
- School Website
Max Dimoff and Ranaan Meyer, bass faculty
Robert Hurst, Jazz & Contemporary Improvisation
- US News Ranking: #27 (tie) in National Universities
- US News Overall Score (out of 100): 74
- In-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $13,856
- Out-of-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $43,476
- Room & Board 2016-17: $10,554
- Total Enrollment: 43,651
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 26%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 15:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 75%
- % of undergrads receiving Financial aid: 38%
- Average Financial Aid: $15,400
What Former Max Dimoff Students Are Doing
- Karl Fenner – Principal, Colorado Symphony Atlanta Symphony
- Antonio Escobedo – Section Bass, Utah Symphony
- Philip Powell – Hong Kong Philharmonic
- Kirsty Matheson – Louisiana Philharmonic
- Gerald Torres – Grand Rapids Symphony
- Stephen Swanson – Spokane Symphony
- Yu-Wei Hung – Taipei Symphony
- Chris Ammirati – Principal, Boise Philharmonic
- Nishana Gunaratne – “The Presidents Own” Marine Band
- Michael Ashton – Double Bass Teacher, Duke University
- Joel Negus – Executive Director, Cleveland Music Collaborative
- David George – Arts administrator and musician, San Luis Obispo, California
What former University of Michigan Students Are Doing
- Kristen Bruya (Minnesota Orchestra)
- Andy Anderson (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2004)
- Isaac Trapkus (New York Philharmonic, 2016)
- Noah Reitman (Vancouver Symphony, 2015)
About The Bass Faculty
Since Maximilian Dimoff’s appointment in 1997 as principal double bass of The Cleveland Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, as well as on tour at Carnegie Hall and in Europe. Dimoff’s career began with an appointment as assistant principal bass of the San Antonio Symphony while he was still a student at Northwestern University. He was soon promoted to the principal bass position in San Antonio. Dimoff was also a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. In 1993, he moved back to his hometown of Seattle to join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Dimoff studied with Jeff Bradetich while attending Northwestern University. Other in?uential teachers include Warren Ben?eld of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gary Karr, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and Ronald Simon of the Seattle Symphony. Dimoff has taught masterclasses at major music schools including The Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of North Texas, the University of Michigan, and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Ranaan Meyer is a musical force that is quickly being recognized throughout the music world for his many projects, including his compositions and double bass work with the electrifying string trio, Time for Three. In addition to being a talented composer and double bass player, Meyer is also actively involved in education programs across the country, and is frequently called upon to solo with orchestras. As a composer and performer, Meyer has a rare versatility, and in addition to his classical work, he is an accomplished jazz musician, who has performed with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Jane Monheit, and many more. Mr. Meyer began studying music at the age of 4, soon graduating from piano to cello and then double bass. In 2003, Meyer graduated from the acclaimed Curtis Institute of Music. During his time at the Curtis Institute, Mr. Meyer began working with Zach DePue and Nick Kendall forming the string trio Time for Three. Their music, which proved to be a wildly popular mix of classical, country western, pop, gypsy and jazz, soon launched their careers as successful musicians, and they continue to collaborate, tour and record together releasing albums on the record label eOne.
Through all of Mr. Meyer’s teaching experience he found himself compelled to begin two camps of his own. He launched Wabass Institute in Wabash, Indiana: A Double Bass Camp formed in June 2008. Wabass teachers include Hal Robinson (Principle Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra/bass teacher at the Curtis Institute of Music) and Eric Larson (Houston Symphony Double Bassist). The camp is free of tuition to the 9 elite double bass students that are accepted every year. The other camp is called Wabass Workshop which is held at the Curtis Institute of Music where Ranaan collaborates with Joe Conyers (Assistant Principle Bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Also Ranaan performs regularly with his mother Norma Meyer whom is a pianist. In addition he is regularly commissioned to compose for solo bass, bass and piano, and other ensembles.
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