Orin O’Brien, bass faculty
- Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $42,500
- Room & Board 2016-17: $12,260
Double Bass Statistics
- Average number of undergraduate bass students: 10
- Average number of graduate bass students: 6
- Orchestral Repertoire Class, Chamber Music
- Music School Central Top 10 Colleges for Music for 2014 (#13)
- Christian Howes’ Best College Programs for Creative String Players
What Alumni Are Doing
- Noah Reitman (Vancouver Symphony, 2015)
- Daniel Tosky (Atlanta Symphony, 2015)
- Michael Fuller (Philharmonia Orchestra – UK, 2009)
- Jon Rouse (Quebec Symphony, 2009)
- Ed Paulsen (Kansas City Symphony, 2008)
- Dan Krekeler (MET, 2005)
- Scott Pingel (San Francisco Symphony, 2004)
- William Schettler (Louisiana Philharmonic, 2004)
- Suisse Romande Orchestre
Perspectives from the Bass Faculty
Q: What are some of your favorite experiences teaching at your school?
A: Coaching the Gunther Schuller Bass Quartet: annual BASSFEST for my students.
Our wonderful faculty: we all share students, and like and respect each other. All our students seem to like playing together and sharing meals too: a very friendly atmosphere at this school!
About The Bass Faculty
New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien was born in Hollywood to parents in the film industry, George O’Brien and Marguerite Churchill, and received her early musical training in Los Angeles, where she studied with Milton Kestenbaum and Herman Reinshagen. She then studied in New York with Frederick Zimmermann and graduated from The Juilliard School, and is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.
She has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1966, where she has played with the world’s leading conductors. She has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro, and in first performances of the Gunther Schuller Quartet for Four Double Basses. She co-chaired the double bass department of The Juilliard School for ten years, and currently serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music. Her most recent chamber music performances were the quintets of Schubert and Dvorak with the Guarneri String Quartet.