Double Bass

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Kieran Hanlon
Brett Shurtliffe

Lessons and Recital Seminar

Double bass study at Fredonia includes a one-hour lesson weekly for both music education and performance majors. In our weekly recital seminar meet we meet as a bass studio and on alternate weeks as with all the strings to perform for each other. We provide a nurturing atmosphere at Fredonia, not an uncomfortable competitive one. Dr. Jacobson, the bass teacher, is a seasoned teacher with thirty years of teaching experience who has been continuously active as a performer in orchestra, chamber music and jazz. In fact, he also teaches courses in jazz theory and jazz improvisation.


Our College Symphony Orchestra plays standard symphonic repertoire at a nearly professional level and the Chamber Orchestra programs a wide variety of selections including contemporary works and historically informed performances of baroque and classical masterpieces. All students may participate in chamber music ensembles, sometimes in bass ensembles, with regular coaching by our faculty. Wind ensemble provides an opportunity for bassists to participate in very interesting music for winds with rewarding and challenging bass parts. Participation in these ensembles is by audition, but there are always numerous opportunities for bassists. There are a variety of jazz ensembles available for bass students including big bands, combos, Latin jazz ensemble and playing in the rhythm section for jazz vocalists.

Career Prospects

Our graduates are teaching in public schools, especially in the state of New York, and some have gone on to distinguished careers as professional musicians in symphony orchestras and as jazz performers. Our graduates are admitted to some of the best and most competitive graduate schools in the country. With our outstanding practice facilities and fine faculty throughout the music curriculum, our students are able to attain their full potential for growth and development and are able to go on to successful careers.

Degrees Available

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School of Music Office

Mason Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3151
(716) 673-3154 fax