- State: New York
- State School (public)
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- Music School Central 10 Best Hidden Gem Music School for 2017 (#5)
Doug Weiss, bass faculty
Todd Coolman, bass faculty
- In-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $8,267
- Out-of-State Tuition & Fees 2016-17: $18,117
- Room & Board 2016-17: $12,576
- Total Enrollment: 4,207
- Acceptance Rate (from 2015): 41%
- Student – Faculty Ratio: 15:1
- 4 year graduation rate: 49%
- % of undergrads receiving Financial aid: 61%
- Average Financial Aid: $9,253
Double Bass Statistics
- Average number of undergraduate bass students: 10
- Average number of graduate bass students: 4
- Studio Class, Bass Ensembles, 2 combined studio Master Classes with Todd Coolman
What Alumni Are Doing
- Matt Abramo (Louisiana Philharmonic, 2010)
- Spencer Murphy runs sessions at Electric Lady Studios in New York and has toured the world with Gabriel Garzon Montano
- Dean Torrey is making the rounds and kicking up dust in NYC
- Mike Roninson is a member and song writer for the Band Vinegar Mother
- Matt Dwonszyk is an active bassist, arranger, and composer in NYC.
Perspectives from the Bass Faculty
Q: What are some of your favorite experiences teaching at your school?
A: There are many opportunities to meet and share musical ideas. The campus is near White Plains, NY, which is an easy commute to the city, so New York is always there to keep you on your toes. I actually like the fact that the campus is a little bit removed from that ‘scene’, because it gives the students a chance to develop their skills outside of the critical public eye. The nature of the program is such that, by the time they graduate, the students are ready for anything.
Kenny Washington, Matt Wilson, Ingrid Jensen, Todd Coolman, Richie Morales, David Hazeltine, Donald Vega, Andy Laverne, Ralph Llalama, Gary Smulyan, Alexis Cole, John Mosca, Vic Juris, John Abercrombie, David DeJesus, Doug Munro, Charles Blenzig, and director Pete Malinverni are all great reasons to attend.
About The Bass Faculty
Bassist Doug Weiss is a graduate of William Paterson College (BMus 1988), is a mainstay in the International music scene, with performance, recording, and teaching credits across a broadly diverse group of Artists and institutions.
Weiss has supported Joe Williams, Lee Konitz, Kevin Hays, Brian Blade, Eddie Henderson, Marc Copland, Norman Simmons, Victor Lewis, Bill Stewart, Peter Bernstien, Brad Mehldau, Leon Parker, Eric Alexander, Harold Maburn, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Greene, Chris Potter, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Lew Tabakin, George Coleman, Walt Weiskopf, Mike Moreno, Eli Digibri, Pete Malinverni, the VJO, Lizz Wright, and Pete Seeger.
He has been the musical director of the Al Foster quartet since 1999. In 2015 he co-produced a retrospective of Foster’s music, arranged by Mike Holober, for the WDR Big Band.
Weiss has taught at New School University since 1991 and SUNY Purchase since 2004. He has presented at clinics in Stanford, Eilat, Barcelona, Begues, Quito, Veracruz, Skidmore, Ravenna, Rovigo, Zarautz, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Minsk.
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