National-Youth-Orchestra-United-States-2017-696x369116 young musicians have been selected to take part in the 5th annual National Youth Orchestra of the United States. Six of the nine bassists winning a spot are ISB members, including: Diego Garza-Romero, Pablo Kennedy, Dimitrios Mattas, Ella Sharpe, Willie Swett and Sarah Wager. Congratulations to our talented young ISBers! Add your congratulations in the comments area below.

April17_Cover_STRAD_768x432It was brought to our attention that the April 2017 issue of Strad Magazine features ISB member Matthew McDonald. The first principal double bassist of the Berlin Philharmonic talks to Chloe Cutts about finding a distinctive voice through orchestral playing. If you want to hear (and meet) Matthew, he is playing on Saturday, June 10 at ISB2017.

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New orchestra position? Did you win a prize or position? Are you mentioned in a podcast or article? We’d love to share it with our ISB community!  Send us a picture, link, and short summary of your good news and we’ll post it on ISBconnect every Saturday. It’s your ISB.