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.
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
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