Author: Kristin Korb

2018 ISB / David Walter Double Bass Competition Call for Entries

The International Society of Bassists biennial composition competition is dedicated to the memory of double bassist David Walter, longtime ISB member, performing artist, composer and renowned educator. DEADLINE: Online entries due by June 1, 2018. The goal of the Competition is to encourage the creation of new repertoire and/or the discovery of unknown repertoire for the double bass. New for the 2018 competition, there are four divisions, open to all composers. There are no restrictions regarding past performances, publications or recordings of a work. However, widely known works that are deemed to have entered the standard double bass repertoire, based on...

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William McGregor shoots hoops to reduce his pre-performance stress

It’s always great to get a peek into what happens during competitions and how different people deal with the stress that comes with competing. The National YoungArts Foundation interviewed ISB member William McGregor after he won the Gold in the 2017 Stulberg International String Competition. “My name was announced as one of the six finalists, along with two other friends of mine from Juilliard Pre-College. Because the finals were that night, I went right back to practicing. I felt quite tense though, so I went out and found a basketball court and shot some hoops before the performance. The finals finally arrived,...

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ISB 2017 in Podcasts and the Blogosphere

Wandering the halls of Ithaca College during ISB 2017, it wasn’t uncommon to see interviews being conducted. The convention was the epicenter of bass love, amazing artists, and other incredibly talented people. If you’re interested in finding out more about who was at ISB 2017 and what happened during the week, check out the following websites: Contrabass Conversations Jason Heath has been conducting interviews of ISB members for years. As of today, his latest podcast conversation is number 368. His interviews are insightful and interesting. Here are a few links to the people he interviewed in Ithaca: 368: John...

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Joseph Conyers Graces the Cover of International Musician

Get involved with Project 440 Project 440 engages, educates and inspires young musicians, providing them with the career and life skills they need to develop into tomorrow’s civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders. LEARN MORE Congratulations go out to Joseph Conyers for being the Cover story for the July 2017 issue of International Musician (Official Journal of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada). The article outlines his growing up in Savannah Georgia, his studies at Curtis, and his working with Hal Robinson in The Philadelphia Orchestra. The article also features Conyers’ belief that all young people should...

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What a Week! ISB2017

In the words of Gary Karr, “We’ve come a long way bass brothers and sisters.” Yes, we have. Celebrating the 50 year history of ISB that Gary Karr started, Artistic Chair planned a week of amazing concerts, workshops, events and more. If you have any bass friends on social media, you may have taken in a flood of pictures of smiling bassists, video snippets, and “aha” moments. I, unfortunately, had to leave the convention early for a gig. Luckily, Jason Heath (Contrabass Conversations) was there all week. He’s written a great summary of his experiences with pictures and videos....

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