Fredonia Bass Fest Faculty
Assistant Professor, double bass
Fredonia School of Music
Associate Principal Double Bassist,
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
New York City
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Fredonia Bass Fest
Registration Fee: $30.00
Double Bass Solo Competition
Registration Fee: $10.00
Registration Deadline: February 1, 2017
Students must register for the whole day in order to participate in the Double Bass Solo Competition
ABOUT BASS FEST
Professor Hanlon and the Fredonia Bass Studio invite you to be a part of Fredonia Bass Fest 2017! Held on February 11th in the School of Music at The State University of New York at Fredonia, we will welcome professional players, college students, high school students, teachers, and adult learners to join us for a day of performances and classes presented by Professor Hanlon and our world-class guests. We look forward to hosting our second annual high school solo competition in the morning and providing the opportunity for networking and bass player fellowship.
The Double Bass Solo Competition aims to offer an opportunity for young players from the region and beyond to compete in front of our panel of Bass Fest faculty. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and competitors will have the opportunity to obtain comments and feedback from the panel. The competition winner will be invited to perform his or her solo piece in the evening concert at Bass Fest alongside the faculty performers. The competition is open to all high school students.
The first round of the competition is a recorded round. Applicants must submit the online competition application (with $10 fee) with a recording by January 1, 2017. Finalists will be notified if they will be invited to the final round of the competition, a 10-minute live performance with piano (a Fredonia accompanist will be available) on the morning of Fredonia Bass Fest (Saturday, February 11, 2017) in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
BASS FEST COMPETITION PRIZES
1st place: $250 cash, a full set of strings from D'Addario, $1,000 scholarship to attend the Fredonia School of Music (
2nd place: $100 cash, a full set of strings from D'Addario
3rd place: $50 cash, a full set of strings from D'Addario
|9:00–11:00 a.m.||Double Bass Competition: Registration & Rehearsals|
|11:00 a.m.||Double Bass Competition: Final Round (live performance, open to the public)|
|12:30 p.m.||Fredonia Bass Fest: Registration for non-competition participants|
Double Bass Fest and Competition: General Welcome and Competition Winner Announced
|1:15 p.m.||Bass Fest: Master class/workshop, Brett Shurtliffe in Mason Hall room 1080|
|2:15 p.m.||Bass Fest: Master class/workshop, Marco Panascia in Mason Hall room 1080|
|3:15 p.m.||Bass Fest: Break|
|3:45 p.m.||Bass Fest: Master class/workshop, Kieran Hanlon in Mason Hall room 1080|
|4:45 p.m.||Bass Fest: Faculty panel discussion in Mason Hall room 1080|
|5:30 p.m.||Bass Fest: Dinner, Williams Center|
|7:00 p.m.||Bass Fest: Faculty Recital|
DOUBLE BASS SOLO COMPETITION ENTRY DETAILS
Once you have registered and paid your entry fee and have prepared your Double Bass recording for round one of the competition, email a link to your video (to Kieran Hanlon at Kieran.Hanlon@fredonia.edu). Please keep recordings to a limit of 5 minutes. (Your video recordings may be shared as unlisted videos, so only viewers with your video link may view them. For more information on settings for unlisted media on YouTube, click here.
Deadline is February 1, 2017. Finalists will be notified by February 6 if they will be invited to the final round of the competition, a 10-minute live performance with piano on the morning of Fredonia Bass Fest (Saturday, February 11, 2017) in Rosch Recital Hall at the State University of New York at Fredonia.
BASS FEST MASTER CLASS SUBMISSIONS
Interested in performing in a master class during the Fedonia Bass Fest afternoon? Register for the Bass Fest and indicate your interest in the registration process. You may also submit a performance recording (optional) to Kieran Hanlon at Kieran.Hanlon@fredonia.edu. Please keep recordings to a limit of 5 minutes. (Your video recordings may be shared as unlisted videos, so only viewers with your video link may view them. For more information on settings for unlisted media on YouTube, click here.
Deadline for master class consideration is February 3, 2017.
For more information, please contact Kieran Hanlon (Kieran.Hanlon@fredonia.edu).
Fredonia Bass Fest will have vendors from around the region on site who specialize in double bass instruments, music, and accessories.
BASS FEST FACULTY BIOS
Kieran J. Hanlon is Assistant Professor of String Bass and Jazz at The State University of New York at Fredonia. In addition to his teaching, Kieran is a first call performer in both the classical and jazz idioms, and enjoys a diverse performing career in both genres (among others) across Upstate New York and Pennsylvania.
An active orchestral performer, Kieran is Principal Bass of the Erie Philharmonic, and is a regular sub with the Chautauqua Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic. He has toured to Carnegie Hall with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and recorded Reinhold Gliere’s Symphony No. 3 “Il’ya Muromets” with the orchestra for the Naxos label.
In May 2014, Kieran completed a Master of Music Degree in Double Bass Performance at the Eastman School of Music with Professor of Double Bass James VanDemark. He also completed Eastman’s Orchestral Studies Program, in which he worked as a playing intern for two seasons with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Kieran’s undergraduate studies were completed at The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance in April of 2012, where he studied classical repertoire with Professors Diana Gannett and Stephen Molina and jazz with Professor Robert Hurst. He holds a B.M. in Double Bass Performance and a B.F.A. in Jazz Studies, Bass from Michigan. He also won third place in the Orchestral Competition at the International Society of Bassists 2013 Convention in Rochester, NY.
Kieran has performed by invitation with the Canandaigua Lake Chamber Music Festival, the Lake George Music Festival, and the Gateways Music Festival. He also spent the summer of 2011 as a Rotating Principal Bassist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO. In 2013, Kieran worked extensively with the chamber choir Madrigalia in Rochester, NY on cross-genre compositions and arrangements for choir and chamber ensemble by composers John Rutter and Cary Ratcliff among others.
In addition to frequent engagements as a freelance classical musician in upstate New York, Kieran is a first call jazz performer in the area, and is the bassist for the Buffalo Philharmonic Big Band. Additional freelance playing includes work with jazz greats such as Sal Andolina, Bobby Militello, John Bacon, Dave Mancini, George Caldwell, Lisa Hasselback, Alec Dube, John Nyerges, Andy Calabrese, Chris Azzara, Bob Sneider, Rich Thompson, Chet Catallo and Bill Tiberio. He also works with Celtic artist Cathie Ryan in performances of traditional Irish music with professional symphony orchestras. Kieran performs on both acoustic and electric basses, and is a D’Addario Artist.
Brett Shurtliffe is the Associate Principal Double Bassist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Brett received his Bachelor in Music and the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James VanDemark and his Master in Music from Duquesne University, where he studied with Jeffrey Turner. In 2003 he was the Top American Prize winner at the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition, and two years later took 1st Prize at the ISB Orchestral Competition. Since joining Buffalo in 2007, Brett has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the BPO, as well as with the Amherst Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the orchestra of SUNY Cortland.
Brett's playing has been described as "immaculate" in a 2012 Bass World review, and "Not even Johann Sebastian shredded as hard as this guy" were the accolades from an imaginative recital at a downtown Buffalo night club. His recital engagements have taken him across the U.S. and Canada, and before joining the BPO, he performed with the Wheeling, Erie, Detroit and Pittsburgh Symphonies. Apart from performing, Mr. Shurtliffe has commissioned new works for the double bass, as well as creating numerous transcriptions of his own including Monte's Czardas, Kabalevsky's 1st Cello Concerto, and Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen among many others. Brett serves as Adjunct Professor of Double Bass at Canisius and Houghton Colleges, and is on faculty at the International Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas.