Hello Young Bassists!

In today’s email we’re talking about the first day of the Young Bassists Program- Tuesday June 6.

Our day begins at 9am in the Group Workout in the BenLight Gymnasium in the Hill Center. This is right next door to the Whalen Center, where the vendors and other main convention sessions are happening. Please set up to play nearest the door because we will quietly scoot out around 9:30 to set up for bass orchestra across the hall in room 105/106 (it is one large room)

9:45 is the start of Large Bass Orchestra and we’ll have stands set up and folders out with names on them and parts inside. You are welcome to look at the music ahead of time if you wish by visiting our dropbox link. All parts and part assignments are there. (please remember, playing a high part does not equal fame and glory nor does playing a low part equal sadness and rejection – we are all in this together! We are spreading people around on parts to create the best sound we can!) We will rehearse for an hour and have daily announcements at the end of the rehearsal. You’ll need a pencil and a rockstop or endpin cap as this room has a special flooring that we can NOT poke into. ISB will also have a box of rockstops to make sure we are covered. You will most likely share a stand – we have SO MANY players, and sharing a stand will help you listen to your colleagues and blend well.

11am is the first “breakout” time – masterclasses and workshops, and occasionally small ensembles may rehearse in this time as well. You can attend any masterclass or workshop you like, but you need to sign up if you want to play in the masterclasses.  All workshops are hands-on, no need to sign up for those. Masterclasses will have up to 5 performers, but again, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend these, even if you are not playing. There is so much to learn from watching a master teacher work with another bassist. If you are interested in seeing something at the main convention, you would sign out with the volunteer before you go over.

Noon-2pm Lunch, shopping/visitng vendors, walks around campus, stopping in to the Build a Bass exhibit. Basses may be left in the large rehearsal room, which will be locked during lunch.

2pmDavid Allen Moore masterclass (sign up to play, or stay to listen), Barry Green workshop on Anna’s Way (workshop), or small ensemble rehearsals (we will announce in the morning who is in which group and when that rehearses). I will be visiting all the small ensemble rehearsals to make sure players are where they need to be.

3pm Brett Shurtliffe workshop on artistry, Mike Forfia and Christian Howe workshop on creative music making – both are hands on workshops, no sign up needed. Small ensemble rehearsals

4pm-one more small ensemble rehearsal here, and everyone else is free to head to the main convention or practice or go visit vendors etc.

Evening – dinner, concerts, and daily announcements are made before the first show each evening, as well as give-aways, raffles, etc. Squeeze in your practicing as best you can. The YB spaces will be available and there will be a place to lock your bass each day.

BASS RENTALS – For those who reserved a bass, the rental area is open beginning this Friday. On Tuesday, I have requested that they open a little before 9 in case some of you need to grab your rental that morning and still make it into the 9am class on time. Rental basses are on the 4th floor of the Whalen Center. Remember to bring your bow! All rentals need to be made in advance, no on-the-fly rentals (that I’m aware of).

I hope this sets the stage for how the first day will go. Exciting and fun, lots to play, lots to learn, many new friends to make, so much music to hear!

Gaelen McCormick
Chair, Young Bassists Program 2017 | gmccormick@esm.rochester.edu

What I Love About ISB: I love that our bass family has all kinds of interests that we mutually encourage and support: brand new ideas in composing, fiercely focused discussions on the details of orchestral playing, raising the next generation of players with new pedagogical ideas and materials that are being written by our own members, showcasing the wide spectrum of styles that our instrument plays in. I’ve really never been a part of another group that is so broad in mission yet so committed to helping one another in practical ways.