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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

2007 Bassfest Clinician Kathryn Nettleman

Kathryn Nettleman as a young student of Neil Courtney, Assistant Principal Bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she performed with numerous local ensembles including the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra. During this time she twice received the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education. She attended The Juilliard School as a full-scholarship student of Homer Mensch and following graduation spent a year studying with Don Palma at the Yale University School of Music. For several summers she performed in the Aspen Music Festival and the Spoleto (USA) Music Festival.

Ms. Nettleman then spent two seasons in the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, during which time she was involved in a wide variety of solo and chamber music performances, musical outreach projects, and served as co-chair of a concert series. In 2001, she was awarded by her colleagues there the "NWS Musician of the Year Award for Artistic Leadership." The following year she served as a section member in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was active as a performer in introductory musical programs for elementary and middle school children.

Currently living in Chicago, Ms. Nettleman performs regularly with many local ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Symphony II, and Grant Park Symphony. She serves as a volunteer friendly visitor to the elderly through Resurrection Health Care Home Health Services. In addition to making music, she enjoys running, gardening, reading, and vegetarian cooking and baking.


Thursday, January 11, 2007

Meet University of Wisconsin - Whitewater bass instructor Scott Kreger

Scott Kreger Bio

Scott Kreger has been a member of the bass section of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra since 1984. He received his education at Illinois State and Indiana Universities, studying bass with Arthur Corra and Murray Grodner. After returning to the Chicago area he studied orchestral repertoire with Joseph Guastafeste and as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. His first orchestral position was as principal bassist of the Singapore Symphony. Mr. Kreger also spent a season with the Cincinnatti Symphony and has been a frequent performer with the Chicago Symphony. Prior to joining the faculty at UW-Whitewater he taught at Northern Illinois University and Lawrence University. He performs in many styles of music and has appeared in the rhythm section on many Milwaukee Symphony Pops concerts, as well as on tour and in recordings with a wide variety of artists.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bassfest 2007 brochures now in the mail!

Bassfest 2007 is being planned right this minute. Stay tuned to this site for all sorts of information on the Bassfest, from class schedules, clinician bios, to photos, downloadable music and more!

Click the links above to register now, and keep checking in on this site for more information on this great event.


Thursday, December 07, 2006

2006 Bassfest schedule, information, bios, recital program, room schedules

Finale Recital

The finale recital is a short concert played by all the faculty of the Bassfest. We combine in all sorts of fun groupings--solos, duets, trios, quartets, and quintets--to bring the Bassfest to a close.


All parents are welcome to stay for the whole day and sit in on any classes they like (no charge--just sit in and watch, or feel free to ask all the questions you like).

Q&A Sessions

On the schedule you will notice several Q&A sessions scattered throughout the day. These sessions are a chance for students and parents to ask Bassfest faculty any sort of music-related questions they want. Music school, purchasing a bass, bow, music, or amp, finding a teacher, playing on a stool, rosin, strings, and the like are always popular topics. This will give you a chance to learn more about the world of music from the professional musicians working at the Bassfest.

Master Classes

A Master Class is a one-on-one lesson taught in front of an audience. Bring any music you are working on and sign up for these sessions! You don't have to be an advanced player to do these sessions--you can even play a scale or some open strings for us!

Master Schedule

9:30-10:00 a.m. registration 10:00-10:15 a.m. Faculty Greeting and Master Class Sign-Up Recital Hall 10:15-11:00 a.m. Technique Class for Advanced Double Bassists Recital Hall Clinicians: Greg Sarchet and Jason Heath Master Class for Young Bassists Room 6 Clinician: Alan Steiner Warm-Up Session for Young Bassists 1005 Clinician: Peter Tambroni Electric Bass Warm-Up 1003 Clinician: Carl Johnson Jazz Warm-Ups for Electric or Upright Room 5 Clinician: Nicolas Buendia 11:00-12:00 a.m. Advanced Classical Double Bass Class Recital Hall Clinician: Greg Sarchet Master Class for Young Bassists Room 6 Clinician: Alan Steiner How to Practice: Concepts and Ideas 1005 Clinician: Peter Tambroni History of Hip-Hop and R&B Bass 1003 Clinician: Carl Johnson Fundamentals of Walking Bass Lines Room 5 Clinician: Nicolas Buendia Electric Bass and Jazz Master Class Room 1 Clinician: Joe Tykinski LUNCH BREAK 1:00-2:00 p.m. How to Get and Keep the Gig 1003 Clinician: Carl Johnson Electric Bass and Jazz Master Class Room 1 Clinician: Joe Tykinski 1:00-2:30 p.m. Electric Bass and Jazz Master Class Room 5 Clinician: Nicolas Buendia 1:30-2:30 p.m. Rhythm Workshop Room 6 Clinician: Alan Steiner 1:30-3:00 p.m. Classical Double Bass Master Class Recital Hall Clinician: Greg Sarchet Classical Double Bass Master Class 2003 Clinician: Jason Heath Thinking In Jazz 1005 Clinician: Peter Tambroni 2:00-3:00 p.m. How to Fake Standard Grooves 1003 Clinician: Carl Johnson 2:30-3:30 p.m. Q&A about music study and profession Room 6 Clinician: Alan Steiner 3:00-4:00 p.m. Get Funky! Slap Bass Class 1003 Clinician: Carl Johnson Q&A about being a bassist Recital Hall Clinician: Greg Sarchet Double Bass Master Class 1005 Clinician: Peter Tambroni 4:00-4:30 p.m. HAND OUT T-SHIRTS Atrium 4:30-6:00 p.m. Faculty Recital Recital Hall
Student helper schedules

8:30-9:30 EVERYONE - help set up tables, chairs, stands, rooms
9:30-10:00 Justin, Anna - greeters Tyler - desk
10:00-11:00 Bridget - camera Tyler - desk
11:00-12:00 Bridget - camera Tyler - desk
12:00-1:00 Justin - desk
1:00-2:00 Kendra - desk Justin - camera
2:00-3:00 Kendra - desk Justin - camera
3:00-4:00 Anna - desk Justin - camera
4:00-4:30 Anna, Tyler - hand out T-shirts
4:30-6:00 Recital: Tyler, Justin, Bridget - crew

Clinician Schedules

Greg Sarchet:

10-11 Technique Class for Advanced Classical Double Bassists
Recital Hall

11-12 Advanced Classical Double Bass - Die Miestersinger Tom Subjak, piano
Recital Hall

1:30-3:00 Classical Double Bass Master Class - Tom Subjak, piano
Recital Hall

Lee Starovich, Dittersdorf Concerto mvt 3
Tyler Bakken, Bourrees from Bach Cello Suite #3
Joe Tyksinski, Koussevitzky Concerto mvt 1
if time: Bridget Briski, Bottesini Elegy

3:00-4:00 Q&A on bass as a career, choosing a music school, important methods and solos to study, and other audience questions
Recital Hall

Alan Steiner:

10-12 a.m. master classes for young bassists - Tom Subjak from 10-11
Room 6

1:30-2:30 rhythm workshop
Room 6

2:30-3:30 Q&A about music--choosing a teacher, bass methods, rosin, standing vs. sitting, etc.
Room 6

Peter Tambroni:

10-11 a.m. Warm-Up Session for Young Bassists
Room 1005

11-12 How to Practice - concepts and ideas
Room 1005

1:30-3:00 Thinking in Jazz
Room 1005

3-4 Double Bass Master Classes
Room 1005

Jason Heath:

10-11 Technique Class for Advanced Classical Double Bassists
Recital Hall

1:30-3 Double Bass Master Classes
Room 2003

possible talk/discussion section

Carl Johnson - featured electric bass clinician
Room 1003

assisted by:

Richard Hildner, guitar
Devin Drobka, drums
Justin Cormia, electric bass

Class Schedule:

10-11 a.m. Electric Bass Warm-Up
11-12 a.m. History of Bass in Hip-Hop and R&B

1-2 p.m. How to Get and Keep the Gig
2-3 p.m. Learning Standards - How to Fake Standard Grooves
3-4 p.m. Get Funky! - Slap Techniques for the Electric Bass

Joe Tyksinski - Electric Bass and Jazz Master Classes
Room 1 downstairs

assisted by:

Dan Tykinski, guitar
Rick Daniels, drums

11-12 a.m. Master Classes
1-2 p.m. Master Classes

Nic Buendia - Jazz Fundamentals
Room 5 downstairs

10-11 a.m. upright and electric jazz warm-ups
11-12 a.m. fundamentals of walking bass lines
1-2:30 p.m. jazz and electric bass master classes

UWW Student Duties

-setting up tables and chairs
-clearing desks in downstairs rooms and moving music stands into them
-setting up room 1005 for basses

-greeters in the morning
-manning the CD table
-taking photos
-recital stage crew--stands, chairs, lights

Recital Program

Anderson: Capriccio No. 2

Jason Heath, double bass

Verdi/Zhdanov: Bass Solo from the opera 'Rigoletto' Mozart: Aria from the opera "the Magic Flute" Beethoven: Recitative from the Symphony 9 Wagner: Overture from the opera "Die Meistersinger"
Greg Sarchet, double bass
Tom Subjak, piano
******************** Bass Ensembles:

Frantisek Gregora: Malé Variace
Greg Sarchet and Peter Tambroni, double basses

Antonin Dvorak: Largo from Symphony 9 "New World" (arr. Miloslav Gajdos)
Josef Knumann: Romance a Sârbà (arr. Miloslav Gajdos)
Greg Sarchet, Peter Tambroni, and Jason Heath, double basses

Giacomo Puccini: "Nessun Dorma" from the opera "Turandot" (arr. Tony Osborne)
Julius Fucik: "Einzug der Galdiatoren" Triumphmarsch (arr. Miloslav Gajdos)
Greg Sarchet, Peter Tambroni, Jason Heath, and Alan Steiner, double basses

Jaroslav Ridky: Kolikrát (Often Times) (arr. Miloslav Gajdos)
Greg Sarchet, Peter Tambroni, Jason Heath, Alan Steiner, and Joe Tyksinski, double basses


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Whitewater Winter Bassfest Data and Photo Archive

This is a repository of documents I used to plan the 2003-2006 Whitewater Winter Bassfests.
Feel free to use any of this information in planning your own conference or event! Visit my website or e-mail me for any additional information.