Michigan Bass Workshops

Michigan Bass Fest Workshops

Welcome to the Michigan Bass Fest, the next generation bass workshop. At the Michigan Bass Fest young bassists will have a unique opportunity to get together with other young bass players, play ensembles, get instruction from nationally recognized bass teachers and performers, and hear some outstanding bass playing. The Michigan Bass Fest is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Click here for application for Bass-Fest East

Three One-Day Bass Workshops

  1. Bass Fest East – Derek Weller, Kevin Brown, John Kennedy at Eastern Michigan University – May 14, 2016

  2. Bass Fest West – Bryan Kolk, Aaron Tenney, North Pointe Christian Academy

  3. Bass Fest North – Derek Weller, Interlochen School of the Arts

Tentative Schedule:

8:30-9:00          Sign In/Set-Up/Tuning
9:00 – 10:00 Bass Orchestra Rehearsal
10:00-11:15 Breakout groups
11:30-12:00 Aaron Reilly, Guarneri House: Keeping your instrument in top playing condition
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Performance/Q&A with clinicians
1:00-2:00 Breakout groups
2:00-2:30 students perform for each other
2:30-3:00 Bass Orchestra rehearsal
3:00 Bass Workshop Presentation(informance)


Derek Weller: Professor of Bass at Eastern Michigan University. He is the Principal Bassist of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra. He teaches at the Interlochen Arts Academy and also performs with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Carmel California Bach Festival.

John Kennedy: String teacher and orchestra director for the Farmington Public Schools. He is a frequent clinician at bass workshops around the country. He is also the Past President of the International Society of Bassists.

Maggie Hasspacher: Special guest clinician. Maggie is a bassist and vocalist. She is a DMA student at U-Mich, studied in Vienna, and has released a solo singer/songwriter album We Shall Overcome. She has also sung on soundtracks for the History Channel and PBS. At the workshop Maggie will give us a special performance of her unique style of singing while playing.



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