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Teaching Double Bass Technique Through Orchestral Excerpts for Beginning and Intermediate Bassists

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Double bassists have always been very dedicated to the study of orchestral excerpts. This presentation will take a close look at bass passages found primarily in grades 1, 2, and 3 orchestral repertoire, and how these passages can be used to teach fundamental technical and stylistic elements on the instrument. This will include discussion of bowings, fingerings, and technique (shifting, etc.) to help beginning and intermediate bass students succeed in performance.

Sidney King - Biographical Information

Sidney A. King's multi-faceted career as a double bassist, composer, and educator spans over three decades. Since 1992, he has performed with the orchestra of the Grand Teton Music Festival, often serving in titled positions. He has served as principal bassist with the Houston Grand Opera, the Texas Opera Theater, the Sunflower Music Festival, and the Des Moines Metro Opera, and has performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Indianapolis and Nashville, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He held the position of assistant principal bassist of the Louisville Orchestra, 1984-2006. As a recitalist, Mr. King has presented solo performances at universities and conservatories throughout North America. Recent performances include recitals at Florida State University, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, and the University of Costa in San Jose, CR. Mr. King serves as Professor of Double Bass and Music Education at the University of Louisville School of Music. He was double bass faculty/artist at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, 2005-2017. He also has served on the Board of Directors of the American String Teachers Association (2016-2018) and the International Society of Bassists (2003-2005). In 2021 he was named University/College Teacher of the Year by Kentucky MEA, and the 2011 and 2015 Teacher of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of ASTA. As a composer, Mr. King has received commissions from many diverse organizations and his compositions have been performed throughout the country.

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