- State: New York
- Private School
- 2013 International Society of Bassists Convention Host
- School Website
James VanDemark, bass faculty
- US News Ranking: #32 (tie) in National Universities
- US News Overall Score (out of 100): 68
- Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $50,142
- Room & Board 2016-17: $14,890
- Total Enrollment: 11,105
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 34%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 10:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 74%
- % of undergrads receiving Financial aid: 51%
- Average Financial Aid: $37,467
Double Bass Statistics
- Average number of undergraduate bass students: 15
- Average number of graduate bass students: 3
- Studio Class, Orchestral Repertoire Class, Bass Ensembles, Orchestral repertoire taught in private lessons as well. Sectionals are offered on a regular basis.
What Alumni Are Doing
- Michael Fuller – New World Symphony, finalist Doublestop Foundation Award
- Michael Franz – sub with Philadelphia Orchestra, 1st Prize winner Doublestop Foundation
- Kieran Hanlon – named Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia
- James Sullivan – named Assistant Professor at University of Evansville
- Jon Hamar – named Assistant Professor at University of Tennessee
- Kaveh Rastegar – bassist with John Legend, Bruno Mars, Kneebody; appearances in film La La Land
- Geoff Saunders – 2017 Grammy Winner with O’Connor Band
Perspectives from the Bass Faculty
Q: What are some of your favorite experiences teaching at your school?
A: It’s been gratifying to have my students from the past – Jeff Turner of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Tom Sperl of the Cleveland Orchestra, Yung-chiao Wei of LSU, Brett Shurtliffe of Buffalo and many others – return to share their expertise and insight with my current students in master classes.
There has always been a supportive atmosphere among the bassists in my studio and throughout the Eastman School, a distinct benefit when combined with the rigor of the program. I make a point of having highly individualized instruction – yet embracing specific high standards – to attempt to ensure each student’s success in artistry and employability.
Initial bass studies with James Clute of the Minnesota Orchestra (then Minneapolis Symphony); solo debut with Minnesota Orchestra at age 15; began performing as part-time member of St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at age 16; Principal Bass, Hamilton Philharmonic, age 17; subsequent bass studies with Gary Karr, Stuart Sankey, and cellists Paul Katz and Leonard Rose; named to Eastman School in 1976; subsequent concerto performances with New York Philharmonic and the orchestras throughout the world. Chamber music appearances with Cleveland, Guarneri, Muir Quartets; three performances on Lincoln Center’s Great Performer’s Series; Principal Bass, Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico; as an amateur boxer, featured on ESPN, CBC, and The Wall Street Journal.
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