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How to Spend Your Summer

The Orchestral Bowing Workshop with Ira Gold

The Orchestral Bowing Workshop was created to help bass players interested in pursuing music at the highest level by discussing the bow strokes crucial to success in performance and audition settings. The Workshop is the brainchild of National Symphony Orchestra bassist Ira Gold, who holds a faculty position at the Peabody Conservatory and delivers classes around the country on orchestra playing. Covering a wide range of styles and taking into account differences among orchestras in the US and Europe, this two day Workshop aims to prepare students and young professionals to be well informed and capable ensemble members and competitive musicians in today’s artistic community. 

Tuition: $300 - Some scholarship money may become available on a limited basis.

Who can apply: All ages are considered, though it is recommended students be 18 and older.

Location: Washington, DC area TBA

Dates: August 27-28, 2016

Accommodations will not be provided, although recommendations and group rates may be offered. Camp tuition includes two days of classes and performance opportunities, lunch and dinner meals Saturday and lunch Sunday. 

While admission is limited to 12 students, admissions are on a rolling basis, with final decisions being made by May 1st. Applicants are not required to (but are strongly encouraged to) submit a video link as part of the application. 




The summer offers double bass players many options for continuing to learn and study with great teachers. As a student, Brent Edmondson enjoyed two summers at the Wabass Institute in Wabash, IN, two summers at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, and one summer at the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, MD. For the past two summers Brent held a teaching position at the New York Summer Music Festival (which has sadly closed its doors) in Oneonta, NY. Prior to that, Brent perfomed and taught at the Endless Mountain Music Festival, where he is looking forward to performing and teaching again this summer.

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