Bass Fest

Fredonia Bass Fest

2021 Guest Artists Just Announced!

BassFest Faculty

2021 Fredonia Virtual BassFest

Join Fredonia bass professor, Kieran Hanlon, and the Fredonia bass studio for 3 virtual events this year ... all free and open to bassists of all ages and levels. Master classes will feature SUNY Fredonia bass students, plus opportunities for community members to submit video applications to perform in master classes.

Please register for EACH master class you will attend.

**If you wish to be considered for participation in one of the masterclasses, please contact Prof. Hanlon at by February 1, February 15, and February 25, respectively.

Master Classes:

February 11 at 8PM
Paul Ellison of Rice University

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  • In our work together we can focus on your music making and consider appropriate (to you) physical, pedagogical (skill sets), psychological and stylistic aspects that support your goals and aspirations. 

  • Deadline to be considered for this master class is February 1


February 25 at 8PM
Endea Owens, Bassist from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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  • Groove and Harmony Construction: A Journey Through Various Bass Concepts Throughout The Decades

  • Deadline to be considered for this master class is February 15


March 4 at 8PM
Heather Miller Lardin, Early Bass and Historical Performance specialist

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  • I perform and teach on historical double basses and viola da gamba. I'm looking forward to sharing ways that modern bassists can easily make use of historical performance practice techniques to deepen their interpretations and enjoyment of Baroque and Classical repertoire.

  • Deadline to be considered for this master class is February 25


Professor Hanlon and the Fredonia Bass Studio invite you to be a part of Fredonia Bass Fest, presented by the School of Music at The State University of New York at Fredonia.  Under normal circumstances, we 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, and we host an annual high school solo competition in the morning, with opportunities for networking and bass fellowship during the day.

This year, of course, looks different. We will hold three master classes with special guests on Zoom. Events are free, but pre-registration is required. 

Fredonia BassFest is made possible thanks to generous support from the Carnahan-Jackson Humanities Fund through the Fredonia College Foundation, and Fredonia Bass Society, an SA group. 


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