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Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 6 for the 2022 Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium!

Volkan Orhon will not be performing at the symposium due to a very serious family emergency. Max Dimoff will now be performing at 8pm, and Jason Heath and Micah Howard will be holding an open discussion with the live and virtual audiences at 3:30pm. You can view the updated schedule here.

Free and Open To The Public

Register To Attend

This year’s event will be in person and streamed live on Carnegie Mellon’s YouTube Channel. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, audiences at Carnegie Mellon University are limited to fifty percent capacity. Audience members are required to be vaccinated, masked, and observe social distancing. If you plan to attend this year’s event in person, you must register online. Registration opens on January 24, 2022.

Carnegie Mellon School of Music’s YouTube Channel

This year’s symposium features classes with Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, Principal Bass of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra; Tracy Rowell, Double Bass Professor, Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music; and Jeff Mangone, Principal Bass of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, and performances by Max Dimoff, Principal Bass of the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Double Bass Section with Carnegie Mellon University Double Bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild. Micah Howard and Jason Heath will also hold an open discussion with the live and virtual audiences.

Sponsors include Shank’s Strings, Upton Bass, discoverdoublebass.com, Ottava Imports, and Bowed String Shop LLC.

All performances and classes are held in Kresge Theatre. The exhibitors are located in Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts Building.

Check out Jason Heath’s review of the 2020 Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium!

Download the free Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium iOS app now!

Carnegie Mellon University School of Music proudly presents the Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium every year. Presenters have include Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra; Kevin Brown, principal bass of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Hurst, world-renowned double bass pedagogue and retired double bass professor at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Lauren Pierce, YouTube sensation and educator; Jeff Mangone, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra; Jeffrey Turner, Double Bass Professor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra double bass section, Carnegie Mellon University double bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild, and many other renowned pedagogues and performers.

The Symposiums include master classes, recitals, networking opportunities, and chances to visit with exhibitors, such as Shank’s Strings, Guarneri House, Heartland String Bass Shop, Upton Bass, Discover Double Bass, Ottava Imports, Bob’s House of Basses, and Peter Zaret and Sons Violins.  

All performances and classes are held in Kresge Theatre and exhibitors are located in Alumni Concert Hall in the College of Fine Arts Building.


The iDouble Bass app, designed by CMU Double Bass Professor, Micah Howard, for iOS is here! Get easy access to all the videos, images, and instructional text found on www.idoublebass.com plus content exclusive to the app. You can view, print, and share PDFs of Micah’s two new scale books for the beginner to advanced player, as well as a PDF with fingerings in the lower positions, and the iDouble Bass Handbook. All of these PDFs are available in the iDouble Bass app for a one-time introductory in-app purchase of only $0.99. Follow this link to download the app for free now!