Author: Nicholas Walker

Information about Traveling to Ithaca College

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 to fly to the convention, and if you are traveling without a bass, I would suggest you fly directly to Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport (ITH) or to Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM). Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport – “One connection to the world.”  (ITH) is the closest airport to Ithaca...

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Luthiers & Vendors at the ISB Convention

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 double bass Disneyland, only better! These fine exhibitors, in alphabetical order, will be open Tuesday, June 6th through Friday, June 9th from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday, June 10th from 9 AM to Noon: A440 Violin Shop Acoustic Image AES Fine Instruments Amati Productions Anima Nova Biase & Fantoni Violins Bob’s...

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Update – College Bass Ensemble Showcase

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 registered to perform. These include: Shenandoah University, Oberlin Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Colorado State University, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and ourselves at Ithaca College. Each school brings with diverse programing selections from artists ranging from Metallica, L’Orchestra des Contrabasses, Astor Piazzolla, Daryl Runswick, and every bassist’s favorite – The Backstreet Boys. In November and December, we reached out to dozens of bass studios and instructors across the United States introducing the concept of a College Bass Ensemble Showcase at the convention in hopes of attracting interest in this event. We were then contacted by interested studios who are excited about leaving a musical mark on the 2017 Convention. Since then, we’ve been coordinating performance times and venues for this showcase. Each studio will get a twenty-minute time slot to perform a set of bass ensemble music. Convention attendees will hear ensembles twice a day, during the meal/break hours and before evening concerts. The model we are working with right now will have one group perform at 1:30pm and another at 7:00pm. The official bass ensemble performance schedule will be posted online as...

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Travel Information About Coming to the ISB Convention from Abroad

Crossing any international border can be tricky. This post is designed to help you get to our convention safely, and without any unnecessary stress or delays. Always remember that the ISB is a 501(c)3 organization. This means we are a non-for profit, charitable, educational organization designed to foster international connections through our conventions, competitions, and member benefits (which include our magazine, access to our website, and access to our online data basses of research, member contact information, and videos and documents from past conventions and publications). When you cross the border remember these important facts about who we are and why...

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ISB Announces Semi-Finalists: 15-18 Division

The International Society of Bassists is proud to announce that the eleven semi-finalists for the age 15-18 division of the 2017 ISB Double Bass Competition are, in alphabetical order: Nicholas Arredondo, United States Ya-Hsuan Chen, Taiwan Junbin Hwang, Korea Tuncay Iptes, Turkey Xuanchi Li, China Jiajun Liu, China Leopold Rucker, Germany Ella Sharpe, United States William Swett, United States Ching-Ju Yu, Taiwan Manyi Zhang, China Ketan Curtis, United Kingdom, is first alternate, and Diego Garza-Romero, United States is second alternate. The judges panel for the 2017 Age 15-18 Division of the ISB Double Bass Competition is: Leon Bosch, Chair,...

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