Author: Kristin Korb

ISB member wins the 2017 Stulberg Competition

ISB member William McGregor has won the gold medal against all string instruments in the annual Stulberg Competition held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Hear him play Bach Cello Sonata no. 2, Double Bass, Prelude, Courante, Sarabande William McGregor, age 17, began double bass studies at age two, with Derek Weller in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He was accepted into The Juilliard School Pre-College in 2009, where he began his studies with Albert Laszlo. In 2007-08, William received Honorable Mention in the Strings International Music Festival Concerto Competition in Philadelphia. He was the youngest person ever to compete in the International Society...

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Blast from the Past: ISB 1997-2007

As we get closer to ISB’s 50th year anniversary, we are jumping back in time through monthly instalments of each decade of the ISB. All leading to this year’s Convention in Ithaca, June 5-10, 2017!  In this instalment we’re taking a dip into 1997-2007.  It’s go time! A lot of events occurred between 1997 and 2007: The ISB held conventions: Year Location Convention Chair(s) Attendance 1999 University of Iowa (Iowa City) Diana Gannett just under 800 2001 Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) David Murray just over 800; 27 countries represented 2003 University of Richmond (VA) Barre Phillips & Paul Pierce...

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Build-A-Bass Returns for 2017

The International Society of Bassists is proud to announce repeat sponsorship of its highly successful bass-building workshop for 2017 at the ISB Convention in Ithaca, New York this coming June. Orchestrated by Dustin Williams of Nashville and directed by master luthier Paul Hart, the program will feature skilled luthiers from around the world collaborating to build 2 basses in an open workshop in one week. This project offers a tremendous opportunity for bass builders to collaborate and network while players, vendors and aficionados get to see what it takes to create a great instrument. To inquire about participating in...

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College-bound bassists and professors meet & greet at the 2017 ISB College Fair Day

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 to 10 AM. If you’re a student, make plans to attend the 2017 ISB convention (weekly and daily registration rates) and bring copies of your resume (list teachers, schools attended, honors, contact information). You’ll have a chance to meet professors and ask questions about their programs and opportunities. If you’re a professor, some of the top college-bound double bassists in...

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Headliners for Saturday: Matthew McDonald and Mark Dresser

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 minutes before concert time. Below, we’d like you to meet our Saturday headliners by hearing them play.  It is going to be one heck of a week! Matthew McDonald Cesar Franck Sonata in A Major, 4th mvt. – Yannick Rafalimanana (piano) Originally from Australia, Matthew went to Berlin in...

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