June 5-10, 2017
Ithaca College | Ithaca, NY, USA
ISB President-Elect/Artistic Director & Convention Chair #ISB2017
The ISB is a family that can be both a foundation of support and an opening to a vast world of experiences and meaningful connections.
The ISB Board of Directors and I are looking forward to hosting you for our 50th Anniversary Convention, June 5 – 10, 2017, at Ithaca College in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
Our founder, Gary Karr, first convened a group of 50 double bassists in the summer of 1967. Who would have imagined our club to have grown to over 3000 members in 40 different countries only 50 years later? And perhaps this tremendous growth is the least astounding achievement for our instrument and those who love it. We’ve grown as artists, luthiers, pedagogues, scholars, and community builders. We have come together and shared our experiences in this great family beyond the wildest dreams of those first 50 followers.
At this 50th Anniversary Convention, we plan to celebrate what we have built as a community, and also contemplate where we are headed over the next 50 years.
We will be announcing our headliners, special convention activities, and introducing you to the team of convention chairs over the next few weeks. We hope to make this our best convention yet – the tallest of orders, and seemingly impossible to those of us who have been so meaningfully shaped by unforgettable experiences together at past conventions.
You won’t want to miss this one, so please hold the dates, and stay tuned for more information. (Also, do not hesitate to send me your feedback, memories, hopes, and dreams for this convention and the next 50 years together!)
Nicholas Walker, DMA, Associate Professor of Music,
ISB President-Elect/Artistic Director & Convention Chair #ISB2017
This is a joyfully hip version of the Eccles Sonata. Watching this will make your day better. Gary will be giving the Key Note speech at ISB 2017 on Monday, June 6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aN4qWDMPRw
One of our most popular post-convention videos came from the workshop presented by Juan Pablo Narvarro. The workshop was called The Tango - A Secret Code. If you'd like to learn more about the tango, this will give you a good start. If you have questions, know that...
During the regular year, ISB gives you monthly video updates from our Body & Bass curator, Dr. Randy Kertz. Now, at ISB 2017, you get a chance to get more in-depth with the relationship between our bodies, injuries, self-care, and our basses: Tuesday Linda Grace...
The International Society of Bassists announces Volume 8 of the Online Journal of Bass Research (OJBR) The Online Journal of Bass Research is a refereed electronic journal, published by the International Society of Bassists. The OJBR is published solely in an...
Each night at ISB 2017, we all come together in one room to enjoy more #basslove. Come early to the concerts to hear various announcements and competition results. We also give a number of awards throughout the week, so make it a part of your plan to arrive about 30...
Off-Campus Housing Options The ISB has reserved room blocks at convention rates at several local hotels, subject to availability. Reserve early! Website: Click Here Rate: $169 Book By: May 5, 2017 Website: Click Here Rate: $129-149 based on room size Book By: May 1,...
Know Your ISB: What is the job of the Artistic Director of the ISB Convention? Part I Convention Scheduling Team: One of the roles of the ISB Convention Artistic Director is to assembling the team of people who put together the ISB convention program. The Convention...
We dug into the George Vance Online Research Library to discover the June 1967 issue of Bass Sound Post that we have on file. Here are a few of the highlights from that first magazine: Gary Karr's summary of the first conference held on the campus of the University of...
The 2017 Young Bassists program at the ISB convention will be an incredible opportunity to make music, meet your new bass friends, and take your own playing to the next level! Each day we will start with a group class led by a different teacher, focusing on one...
ISB2017 Leadership Team
Find out more about the people who are organizing the various areas of the upcoming convention.
The ISB serves as a vehicle and catalyst through which the wonderful ideas and transformational growth of the double bass in the last 50 years have been disseminated and further developed. What a truly inspiring community to be a part of!
Young Bassists Chair
What I Love About ISB: I love that our bass family has all kinds of interests that we mutually encourage and support: brand new ideas in composing, fiercely focused discussions on the details of orchestral playing, raising the next generation of players with new pedagogical ideas and materials that are being written by our own members, showcasing the wide spectrum of styles that our instrument plays in. I’ve really never been a part of another group that is so broad in mission yet so committed to helping one another in practical ways.
David Allen Moore
Daily Group-Technique Chair
ISB is a chance to fuel the fires of our imagination, get inspired, reconnect with old friends while making new ones, and experience the celebration of our diversity while being joined in our shared love of the double bass!
Chair of Different Strokes Orchestral Program
I love the ISB because it has connected me with some of the greatest musicians and people I’ve ever met. I am very grateful!
Adult Learner Chair
I love the ISB because most of my friends are in it!
New Music Committee Chair
The ISB is a supportive community of musicians both professional and amateur who share a common love, empathy, and experience with the complex maneuvering of the bass. As such there’s a bond between bassists that transcends genre and traditional divisions of communities. The ISB more than any other organization I know aspires to reach out with its warm embrace towards a holistic inclusivity.
Co-Chair of Build-a-Bass Program
The bass is a fascinating and curious instrument to me. Its many sounds, uses, techniques, shapes, its construction, and it just goes on and on. But what I find more fascinating than the instrument itself are so many other people who, like me, also love the bass. People with all kinds of backgrounds and life stories who use and experience the bass in such creative ways. Always in a generous and fun way, always striving to improve, and always cheering on others. The ISB is a body of friends who share something special and I am grateful for what the ISB offers to so many of my friends.
After Hours Jazz Jam Session Chair
Technology & Facilities Chair
Since discovering the bass 32 years ago, it has always given me energy, inspiration, and a foundation on which to build everything else, both as a performer, and a sound engineer; be it an arrangement, the power from a concert PA system, a song’s energy flow, or a multi-track production from the other side of the glass, the ability to support everyone, and everything else, around the low frequencies is a most spectacular experience. The ISB represents the full community of that powerful energy, in celebration!