The Bass Coalition has announced their first annual Summer Workshop to be hosted at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia on June 24th through the 26th.
Included in the workshop events is the live round of the Bass Coalition Solo Competition, in which the first place winner receives a prize of $1000, thanks to sponsor Shank Strings.
The three day summer workshop, which is open to bassists age 12 and up, features an amazing faculty consisting of jazz bass legend Rufus Reid, classical virtuoso David Murray, renowned bass educator Inez Wyrick, and No Treble contributor Donovan Stokes.
Events include participant bass ensembles, masterclasses, clinician concerts, one-on-one instruction, and clinics that range from classical and jazz to alternative playing styles (upright slap bass, etc.), amplification, looping, and more. The workshop schedule runs from 10am to 6pm each day, with free concerts in the evening. The Grand Concert, in which participants and clinicians share the stage, takes place June 26 at 7pm.
Tuition for the workshop is $225, and applications are due by June 10. However, at the time of publication, there are currently 15 scholarships available for participants. To apply for these, send an email to Donovan Stokes.
The Bass Coalition Classical Solo Competition is open to bass players ages 12 to adult. The first round is a video/DVD round, in which a taped performance is submitted for review (due May 30), and the live round takes place on the first night of the summer workshop, June 24. Applicants are encouraged to provide their own pianist for the live competition.
For more info on the summer workshop and classical solo competition, visit the Bass Coalition website.