Michigan BassFest Workshops

Welcome to the Michigan BassFest, the next generation bass workshop. At the Michigan BassFest 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 BassFest is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Information about the 2021-22 BassFests is forthcoming.

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BassFest Pics


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.