The International Society of Bassists’ biennial maker’s competition was held June 5-6, 2017 at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Dustin Williams served as chair of this year’s competition, which attracted 27 entries from five countries.

Competition Results

SILVER MEDAL FOR WORKMANSHIP
Paul Hart & Chris Pedersen, Mt. Pleasant, Utah & Albuquerque, New Mexico
Mario Lamarre, Montreal, Canada

SILVER MEDAL FOR TONE
Gregory Smith, Columbia Cross Roads, Penn.
Christopher Savino, Albuquerque, New Mexico

CERTIFICATE FOR WORKMANSHIP
Evan Davenport, Beacon, New York
Guy Cole, Arlington, Texas

CERTIFICATE FOR TONE
Frederick Boissonnault, Montreal, Canada
Ed Fedewa, Jenison, Michigan

CONVENTION FAVORITE
Arnold Schnitzer, Brewster, New York

CONVENTION FAVORITE HONORABLE MENTION
Trevor Davis, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Seth Kimmel, Eugene, Oregon
Robert McIntosh, Cambridge, New York

Thanks to Our 2017 Competition Sponsors

Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.
Mooradian Cover Company
Kolstein Music, Inc.

2017 ISB Maker’s Competition Audience Favorite winner Arnold Schnitzer (right) is congratulated by competition chair Dustin Williams. Photo by Heather Ainsworth

Judges

WORKMANSHIP JUDGES

Christopher Germaine, Philadelphia, Penn.
Daniel Hachez, East Wenatchee, Washington
David Wiebe, Woodstock, New York
TONE JUDGES
Jeff Campbell, Rochester, New York
Mark Dresser, San Diego, California
Kurt Muroki, Bloomington, Indiana
Jarrett Bastow
Jarrett Bastow

Jarrett Bastow is the ISB's intern for the spring 2017 semester as part of his degree plan for earning his Master of Arts Leadership and Administration from Colorado State University. Jarrett is the mastermind behind our popular "Blast from the Past" emails celebrating the ISB's 50th anniversary. He earned his Master in Music Performance in 2013 from Northwestern University. He is currently personnel manager of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, where he also serves as principal bass. Jarrett is also a section bass with the Tulsa (Oklahoma) Symphony Orchestra and subs for the Tulsa Opera, Shreveport (Louisiana) Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The ISB is fortunate to have him on its team this spring - thanks, Jarrett!