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
Driving to Ithaca If you plan to drive to the convention you will have a place to keep your car on campus at no cost. Just enter the GPS address: 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, and follow ISB signs when you arrive on campus. Flying to Ithaca and nearby If you plan...
The ISB will host its fourth biennial College Fair Day, a networking event for college/university representatives and professors with students and their family members attending the 2017 ISB Convention at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, on Saturday, June 10th, from 8:30...
Now that you have accessed the ISB/Vance Online Research Library, let’s discuss the third section - the Calendars section. The Research Library offers 31 years of bass calendars. If you’re like me then you may not have known that the ISB calendars go back to 1987....
Hello again from the Ithaca College Bass Studio! We are excited to announce new developments on the 2017 College Bass Ensemble Showcase for the 50th Anniversary ISB Convention in Ithaca, New York. Many college bass ensembles from across the United States have...
We will have over thirty bass shops, luthiers and other vendors at the 2017 ISB convention with instruments, accessories and print music to show and sell. If this convention is like recent events, expect to see and hear some 200 instruments under one roof. It’s like...
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...
Week-long workshop for Young Bassists at the International Society of Bassists convention this June!
Every other year the ISB holds its convention in the US and we are lucky that this year it is happening just down the road at Ithaca College, June 6-10. I want to call your attention to the week-long bass "camp" that happens within the convention - the Young Bassists...
**Special thanks go to David Gage String Instruments for being our lead sponsor on this project since 2015! The ISB Event HUB has been your go-to for what's happening in our bass community for two years now. With over 750 events, you can stay on top of the latest...
Now that you have accessed the ISB/Vance Online Research Library, let’s discuss the second section - the Convention Programs section. In the Convention Programs section, you can explore over 30 years of Convention Programs. Interestingly if you start at the earliest...
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!