Every other year the ISB holds its convention in the US and we are lucky that this year it is happening just down the road at Ithaca College, June 6-10. I want to call your attention to the week-long bass “camp” that happens within the convention – the Young Bassists program.  This is a daily program that begins on Tuesday June 6 and concludes Saturday June 10 with all of our participants performing in small ensembles and in one monster bass orchestra!  We have classes, workshops, panel talks and ensemble rehearsals that take place from 9am-4pm with a generous lunch break from 12-2 so that students may socialize with their new bass friends, visit the vendors, and tour the “Build a Bass” workshop (where at least one bass will come to life over the course of the week).

You do not have to attend the full week to participate in the Young Bassists program! There is a daily rate for attending, and students can get music ahead of time to be ready to jump in with us on days they are able to participate. We know this is still the school year in NY State, and hope that many of you will come for any part that you are able to.

For those that need to get an excused absence from school to attend, the ISB office has an official letter of invitation and explanation that will help your school administration understand how important and unique this opportunity is.

Just imagine: over 1,000 bassists at the main convention listening, learning, trying basses and bow, exploring new techniques and equipment. And at the Young Bassists program: masterclasses just for YB participants, workshops and topics, all aimed at players 18 and under. We begin each day in a group technique/warm up class, then rehearse our bass orchestra (parts available at every level), then move to a variety of activities for students to “choose their own adventure” each hour. We welcome all abilities and styles of playing in our group, and our goal is to stretch ourselves to become the best bassists we can be!

Click here to visit the ISB page on Young Bassists

Questions? Please email me directly at gmccormick@esm.rochester.edu

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.