In the 1980s and 90s the great Hal Robinson (Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra) edited a column in our ISB Bass World Magazines called, Different Strokes. (FYI, ISB Members can re-read pdf files of these inspiring articles online through this link to the George Vance Online Library, or purchase back issues of our journals at the ISB Store.)

Hal’s Different Strokes Series was designed to cultivate an open and inclusive environment to celebrate and advance the art of orchestral bass playing. He showcased many approaches from bassists around the world, and created a context for enthusiastic professional exchange of ideas, techniques, approaches to repertoire, and performance experiences.

My dream was to help continue Hal’s legacy at the 2017 Convention with a new series at the convention. This year from 10 am to 10:50 am in Ford Hall: Different Strokes will continue in a live format, chaired by Alex Hanna, principal bass of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Our ISB Convention Different Strokes Series, is not a masterclass, not a teaching environment, not merely an excerpt class, and not an audition strategy discussion about how to win a job. Instead, the Different Strokes Series is meant to be a continuation of Hal’s vision – an artistic exchange between orchestral musicians (open to others) focusing on the art and practice of great orchestral playing, showcasing different conceptual and aesthetic approaches in a variety of contexts and cultural environments.

Schedule Tuesday – Friday

10:00 am – 10:50 am

 Ford Hall – Whalen Center for Music


 Tuesday June 6, 10:00 – 10:50 am: Scott Pingel (Principal Bass of San Fransisco Symphony)

Wednesday Morning June 7, 10:00 – 10:50 am: Ali Yazdanfar  (Principal Bass of Montreal Symphony Orchestra)

Thursday Morning June 8, 10:00 – 10:50 am: Matthew McDonald  (Principal Bass of Berlin Philharmonic)

Friday Morning June 9, 10:00 – 10:50 am: Alexander Hanna  (Principal Bass of Chicago Symphony Orchestra)

ISB 2017 Convention Chair

Nicholas is the President of the ISB, and is an Associate Professor of Music at Ithaca College.