I was very fortunate to attend an amazing event that attracted some of the finest bassists from Chicago over the past weekend. The list included bassists Artistic Director and CSO Principal Bass, Alex Hanna, Andrew Anderson, Michael Cameron, Ian Hallas, Eric Hochberg, Michael Hovnanian, Phillip Serna, among many others.
In addition, it was great to see so many up and coming bassists from the Chicagoland school districts join the stage for the Bass Choir rehearsal and a performance of Elgar's Nimrod and a bass orchestra version of Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk.
Dr. Phillip Serna leading Baroque master-class
It was an incredible opportunity to play for and learn from these incredible musicians! It's always difficult to lineup the schedule just right, but I can't imagine not having attended this. As teachers we must be receptive and open to the continuous process of learning, as we ask the same of our students.
Eric Hochberg gives jazz bass master-class
I also very much enjoyed the panel style conversation hosted by the Contrabass Conversations host, double bassist Jason Heath on the topic of Careers in Music.
MYA Founder and Director, Dr. Allan Dennis, Jason Heath, and Dr. Philip Serna in conversation
Last, but not the least, it was a treat of see my professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Michael Cameron, who taught a master-class, conducted the Bass Choir, and performed as part of the faculty recital.
Looking forward to the next one, and thanks to Midwest Young Artists for organizing such a wonderful bass event!