The 2018 Austin Bass Workshop
Featuring pedagogy and group techniques from the legendary
                George Vance Workshops                                          

                     ALL AGES                                                                 ALL LEVELS                                                                  ALL STYLES

 JULY 17-20, 2018 


9:00AM Scale class


11:00AM Ensembles

12:00PM Lunch

1:00PM Student performances/practice

2:00PM Masterclasses/Special Sessions


EVENING CONCERTS Wednesday and Friday

Faculty and Guest Artists 2018


Mr. Lynn Seaton!!

Lynn Seaton(top)

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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.

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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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Understanding music as movement, bassist Laura Dykes also teaches yoga and sound healing. Receiving training primarily as a classical musician she has toured Europe, China and the U.S. with orchestras and bands.  Her musical tastes are varied including classical, rock, folk, world, jazz and plenty of experimental sound.  As a performer, Laura has premiered many new works by living composers and actively collaborates with dancers and visual artists on stage and behind the scenes.  As a long time practitioner of yoga, Laura became certified to teach and enjoys working with musicians as someone who understands posture and the repetitive nature of practicing double bass. 


       Kate Jones(top)


One of three Suzuki Bass Teacher Trainers, Kate Jones studied with Jeff Bradetich at the University of North Texas, where she completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts in the summer of 2014.  Before moving to Texas, Kate received her Master of Music degree at Cleveland Institute of Music with Max Dimoff and Jeff Bradetich, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University with Judith Hanna.  In the fall of 2014 Jones joined the faculty of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD as the Suzuki Bass Specialist.  She performs as principal bassist of the Texas Chamber Music Project, and as a substitute bassist in other DFW orchestras.

In the past she participated in FAVA France and Music School Festival Orchestra at Chautauqua Institution. She has been a clinician at the SAA Conference and completed her Suzuki Bass Book 5 training with Virginia Dixon, and taken George Vance teacher training courses with Johnny Hamil. She has taught at such festivals as Colorado Suzuki Institute, DFW WOW Suzuki Institute, the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point Suzuki Institute, Austin Bass Workshop, Kansas City Bass Workshop, Ozark Mini Bass Project, and Viva el Bajo.

Jonathan Rouse(top)

Jonathan Rouse hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where at age seventeen he was accepted into the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and began studying bass with the late Ralph Jones. In 2004 he went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Tim Cobb, principal bassist of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera. This was followed by graduate studies at The Juilliard School, studying bass with Al Laszlo.

In 2009, while still a student, Jonathan won a section position with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada. Two years later, in 2011, Jonathan returned to the south after seven years away to sub with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. His time in the southeast awarded him many orchestral positions, including assistant principal bass of the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony, as well as section bassist with Charleston and Greenville Symphony Orchestras. He also performed with the Chattanooga Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony and Atlanta Opera. Other orchestras he has performed with include the Fort Worth Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Jonathan’s intensive and diverse career has taken him to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, China, Armenia, Russia, Lithuania, Canada and the Bahamas and has allowed him to play under the baton of the world’s most pre-emanate conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Franz Welser-Möst and Gianandrea Noseda.  He has performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.

Jonathan has been Principal Bass of the Austin Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and Assistant Principal Bass of the Austin Opera since 2018. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his beautiful girlfriend and their four hilarious dogs.

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.