The 2017 Austin Bass Workshop
Featuring pedagogy and group techniques from the legendary
                George Vance Workshops                                          

                     ALL AGES                                                                 ALL LEVELS                                                                  ALL STYLES

TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY JUNE 27-30

                                              Westlake United Methodist Church 1406 Redbud Trail, Austin, TX 78746

JUNE 27-30 2017

TUESDAY through FRIDAY

9:00AM Scale class

10:00AM Bass Orchestra THE DAILY SCHEDULE

11:00AM Ensembles

12:00PM Lunch

1:00PM Student performances/practice

2:00PM Masterclasses/Special Sessions

3:00PM GROUP TECHNIQUE CLASS 4:00PM FACULTY CONCERTS

EVENING CONCERTS Wednesday and Friday

Faculty and Guest Artists 2017

More faculty and Guest artists to be announced soon!



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Jessica Valls(top)

Double bassist Jessica Valls is an Austin, Texas-native musician who exemplifies the ubiquitous artistry of a true music lover, heeding to no one genre, discipline, or stage.

Performing regularly with several orchestras including the Austin and San Antonio Symphonies, Jessica is previous principal bassist for Orquestra da Rádio e Televisão Cultura in São Paulo, Brazil, and enjoys traveling to Brazil to perform and teach. She appears with chamber ensembles, jazz, tango and bluegrass bands, in studio recording sessions, on film soundtracks, television and radio jingles, and popular festival stages around the world such as The International Festival at Round Top and Encontro Brasileiro de Contrabaixos in Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.

Jessica is a regular guest artist and clinician at the North Texas Bass Camps, the Austin Chamber Music Workshop, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and the Victoria Bach Festival, among others.

A repeat presenter at the International Society of Bassists Convention, Jessica’s solo performances can be multi-instrumental, vocal and percussive. The use of multi-media tools allows her to expand her repertoire and adhere to different performance venues; adding to the growing pool of new works for solo double bass.

Formal studies include Juilliard, Oberlin, The Manhattan School of Music and the University of Texas at Austin where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2010.

Currently Dr. Valls is on faculty at Southwestern University, Huston-Tillotson University, The Girls’ School of Austin and maintains a private studio of budding string players of all ages.Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, 

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Spacer text, Spacer texHans Sturm(top)

Double bassist Hans Sturm has performed as soloist, chamber, jazz and improvisational musician throughout Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, Africa and the United States. Sturm received his doctorate from Northwestern University and has taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Ball State University in the studio bass and jazz areas.

Sturm has appeared with a variety of artists across the spectrum of jazz music including Eddie Daniels, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Dick Hyman, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Eddie Higgins, David Baker, Stanley Jordan, Peter Erskine, Joe LaBarbera, Alan Dawson, Bela Fleck, Howard Levy and many others. A frequent performer of new music, Sturm has toured with 'Fireflight' (soprano, Japanese koto and bass koto, double bass, and percussion) and 'Trinkle Brass Works Trio' (trumpet, marimba and double bass) for more than twenty years. He has worked in the electronic medium with composers such as Cleveland Scott and Joan Wildman.

Highlights of Sturm's festival appearances include the Beijing International Chamber Music Festival; the Faneza International Festival in various cities across Emilia Romagna, Italy; the Scottish Bass Trust's International Convention and the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland; the College Music Society International Conference in Kyoto, Japan; Encontro de instrumentistas in Joao Pessoa and Belo Horizonte, Brazil; the Biennial International Symposium on Arts and Technology in New London, Connecticut; a State Department tour of Morocco; BASS2008 at the Paris Conservatoire and BASS2010 at the Universitat der Kunst in Berlin; BASS2012 in Copenhagen; International Society of Bassists Conventions in ten states; and jazz festivals and clubs in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Atlanta.
Sturm has contributed performances and compositions to more than fifty recordings with artists including vocalist Jackie Allen, synthesist/composer Joan Wildman, guitarists Scott Fields, Rolf Sturm, Dave Baney, Jeff Parker, and Jack Grassel, trumpeters Bob Levy and David Young, and pianists Jane Reynolds, and Marilyn Crispell. He has recorded for Blue Note (EMI), Centaur, A440, Innova, Red Mark, Music and Arts, CRI, Big Chicago, and Cadence labels among others.
Hans Sturm is a Past President of the International Society of Bassists and has served on the organization's board of directors for over fifteen years. His major teachers have included jazz virtuoso Richard Davis and French international soloist and pedagogue François Rabbath.

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Johnny Hamil(top)

John Hamil loves to teach and play music. He maintains a private studio of both Double & Electric bassists in the Kansas City area. His main focus is teaching young bassists (ages 3 and up) which was inspired and guided by the ground breaking pedagogue George Vance. Recently he has been interested in developing a sequential method of teaching improvisation/ composition in all styles of music that unlocks the creativity of the student. Many of his students go on to be comfortable performing in Orchestras, Jazz bands, and Rock groups. John graduated from Kansas University with a Bachelors of Music Education. He has studied Double Bass with Misha Krutz (K.C. Symphony), Lawrence Rice (Salt Lake Symphony) & François Rabbath (Paris, France). He is also founder and administrator to the Kansas City Bass Workshop (kcbassworkshop.com), a week-long intensive double bass festival now in its fourth year.

He plays nationally and internationally in Mr. Marco’s V7, the Malachy Papers, rock bands ERIC, and Pamper the Madman. He has recorded many CDs with all of these groups and has many compositions/tunes on each record. Last year’s independent release of his album Sparkin Your Mama by Mr. Marco’s V7 was elected as “one of the best of 2011” by The Kansas City Star’s Timothy Finn. Since his first gig was at 13 he has logged in more gigs than can be counted. Some highlights have been performing at the Telluride Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz festival, Music Action Festival (Nancy, France), International Society of Bassists Convention (San Francisco) and the George Vance Workshops. He also performs contemporary classical for the Kansas City based New Ear Ensemble. This is a small ensemble group in which he has performed such works by contemporary composer such as Xenakis, Kagel, Ligeti, and many more. He also works as a freelance and studio musician in and around the Kansas City area in the rock, jazz, and classical genres. Finally, he composes and performs his own solo Double Bass pieces as well as standard repertoire solo pieces in recitals.


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Sandor Ostlund is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Baylor University and is an active and versatile performer and pedagogue. He has an eclectic musical background that includes solo, chamber, orchestral, early music, studio, jazz, and new music performances.

As a soloist, Dr. Ostlund has performed in recitals throughout the United States. He has appeared in featured performances at International Society of Bassists Conventions, as concert soloist with orchestras, in live radio broadcasts, and has premiered many works for solo double bass. He has recently released a solo CD of music written for him called Leap of Faith.



Sandor Ostlund is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Baylor University and is an active and versatile performer and pedagogue. He has an eclectic musical background that includes solo, chamber, orchestral, early music, studio, jazz, and new music performances.

As a soloist, Dr. Ostlund has performed in recitals throughout the United States. He has appeared in featured performances at International Society of Bassists Conventions, as concert soloist with orchestras, in live radio broadcasts, and has premiered many works for solo double bass. He has recently released a solo CD of music written for him called Leap of Faith.

Ensembles that Dr. Ostlund has played with include the Detroit Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Context, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Philharmonic, Le Sinfonietta de Paris, the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. Currently he is Principal Double Bassist with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra.Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, 


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Kate Jones is a freelance double bassist who teaches privately in her home studio in north Texas. Before living in Texas she taught private lessons at several locations in the Cleveland area.

In past summers she participated in summer festivals in France and New York and has taught at festivals in Wisconsin, Arkansas, and Texas. Jones studied with such bassists as Earl Gately, Judith Hanna, Jeff Bradetich, Max Dimoff, Charles Carleton, Scott Dixon, and Dalibor Tkadl?ik. She has also worked with Suzuki Bass teachers Virginia Dixon, Nicole Castleberry and Tracy Rowell.cer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer text, cer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer er text, Spacer text, Spacer text, cer text, Spacer text, Spacer text, Spacer er 



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Dr. Utah Hamrick is a jazz educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Central Michigan University and a DMA in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas. He frequently performs with Austin-based composer Graham Reynolds, including collaborations with Forklift Danceworks on Power Up! And Play Ball!, Reynolds’ Marfa Triptych and the motion picture soundtracks for Bernie and All is Bright. Utah frequently performs with the Austin Symphony Big Band, Magnificent 7, Monster Big Band, and Strings Attached and can be heard on the upcoming animated short The Oceanmaker.


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Sarah Lahasky(top)

Whether playing salsa grooves at a dance party or a rock concert for 270 college students, Sarah Lahasky's bass love transverses myriad music styles. Trained primarily as a classical bassist, her performance highlights include serving as principal bass for the world premier of Wynton Marsalis’s Blues Symphony at the Strathmore Music Center and performing for “La semana de las artes” at the Centro Nave Cultural in Mendoza, Argentina. Other recent performances include Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s tour across Spain and playing live on Kansas Public Radio with the Heartland Chamber Music Festival's Camerata Chamber Orchestra.

Sarah received a bachelor's degree in double bass performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. Donovan Stokes, and a master's degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a PhD student in ethnomusicology and her research focuses on popular and folk musics in Argentina. Sarah recently served as a faculty member for the Kansas City Bass Workshop, where she taught introductory classes on Argentine music and coached the workshop’s first “Music of Latin America” bass ensemble.


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Patryce King(top)

Piano teacher Patryce King brings to each lesson inspiration, passion, and enthusiasm. Her love for music is infectious. King’s unique strength is her ability to get to know each student as a person, and as a budding musician. Each pianist receives an individually designed course of study, through which King helps students channel their own personal life experiences and fully realize their own voice. King pours her vibrant personality into every lesson.


P. Kellach Waddle(top)

P. Kellach Waddle enjoys a widely lauded career as a solo bassist, composer, chamber musician, orchestra musician, conductor and concert director. He has been cited as “an Austin classical music legend” by Award-Winning Viola by Choice Director Aurelien Petillot; been called “an amazing, incredible virtuoso” by famed Austin radio personality John Aielli; and after his ovation-garnering solo concert at the 2009 International Society of Bassists Symposium convention officials declared “(Waddle) is now obviously one of the great solo bassists of the world.” Waddle returned to this event with a solo concert at the convention in June 2013 where he again received numerous accolades as well as over a dozen new commissions for double bass works and is now scheduled to appear once again at the 2015 ISB symposium  With  over 40 premieres scheduled  through the 2015-6  season alone (in mediums ranging from solo works for full orchestra) and over 480 works composed as of Spring 2015 ( including over 200 pieces with bass) .  Waddle continues to maintain his position as one of the most prolific and performed composers of his generation.  He has been nominated three times as a possible finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in Music and also four times nominated for State of Texas Musician of The Year as well as winning the Austin Critics’ Table award in 2008 for his second string quartet which was commissioned by the world renowned Miro Quartet. The Austin Bass Quartet, of which Waddle is a founding member was also nominated in the past year for this award in the Outstanding Chamber Music Performance category for a performance on the Blanton Museum Soundspace series where their performance was cited as “hauntingly beautiful...fabulous... stunning… gorgeous... and sublime.”

Mr. Waddle’s music is published exclusively by TfV Inc. of Concord, Massachusetts and Wyatt Brand of Austin, Texas manages his publicity. For more detailed information as well as links to other recordings of Waddle’s music please go to "http://www.classicalmatters. com/pkwaddle.htm and to "http://www.classicalconnect. com/composer/P.-Kellach- Waddle.