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Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 2 for this year’s Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium!

This year’s event will be held virtually, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy. Follow the link below to view this year’s symposium on May 2:

Carnegie Mellon School of Music’s YouTube Channel

This year’s symposium features classes with Scott Pingel, Principal Bass of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra; Nina DeCesare, the newest member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Bass Section. Lauren Pierce, a YouTube sensation and educator, will be the featured recitalist. Jason Heath of Contrabass Conversations will be conducting interviews with presenters and sponsors throughout the day. Jeff Mangone, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, will present. Jeff Turner, Double Bass Professor, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, the Pittsburgh Symphony Double Bass Section, and Carnegie Mellon University double bass faculty, Micah Howard and Peter Guild will perform together in recital.

Sponsors include Bob’s House of Basses, Shank’s Strings, Upton Bass, discoverdoublebass.com, Ottava Imports, Cincinnati Bass Cellar, Heartland Double Bass, and Nick Lloyd Basses.

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

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Carnegie Mellon Double Bass Professor, Micah Howard, is now offering online lessons! Request your free trial lesson today! 

Download the free Pittsburgh Double Bass Symposium iOS app now!

Free and Open To the Public

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!