main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

main menu


Bass Bash

Key Information

Faculty Director: Michael Hopkins
Date: September 24, 2016
Fee: $35/student. Parents, teachers, or other chaperones may accompany their students to Bass Bash free of charge.
Location: E.V. Moore Building


Bass Bash is a clinic for beginning, intermediate, and advanced bass students (both classical and jazz) in grades 6-12. Students will play in small ensembles and participate in coachings and technique classes with U-M bass faculty and students. All participants will work on massed ensemble pieces and give an informal performance at the end of the day. Orchestra teachers may also attend and participate in a special Bass Class for Teachers, free of charge.


Michael Hopkins, Associate Professor of Music Education, University of Michigan
Diana Gannett, Professor Emeritus of Double Bass, University of Michigan
Robert L. Hurst III, Associate Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, University of Michigan

Larry Hutchinson, Double Bass, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

John Kennedy, International Society of Bassists

Maximilian Dimoff, Principal Double Bass, Cleveland Orchestra

Additional 2016 faculty to be announced!


Small ensembles will be coached by the U-M bass students of Professors Diana Gannett and Robert Hurst.


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Registration in Soderquist Atrium (Place basses in Kevreson Rehearsal Hall)

10:00 AM – Introductory session – mini-recital w/ U-M students and Guy Tuneh in McIntosh Theatre

10:45 AM – Rehearse massed piece (everyone together) in Kevreson Rehearsal Hall, led by John Kennedy

11:30 AM – Small ensembles for students with faculty coaches (see rooms below)

12:15 PM – Lunch/Aaron Johnson – Bass Health and Wellness – in Kevreson Rehearsal Hall

1:00 PM – Technique classes with faculty

  • Robert Hurst – Jazz Technique class— Moore Bldg. Rm. 1370
  • Guy Tuneh– Masterclass – Watkins Lecture Hall
  • Maggie Hasspacher – Technique Basics— Moore Bldg. Rm. 1374
  • Larry Hutchinson—Intermediate Technique— Moore Bldg. Rm. 1378
  • Jacob Warren – Alternative Techniques – Kevreson Rehearsal Hall
  • Max Dimoff – Advanced Orchestral Repertoire—McIntosh Theatre

2:15 PM – Small ensembles for students coached by U-M students

3:15 PM – Rehearse massed piece (everyone together) in McIntosh Theatre

4:00 PM – Performance in McIntosh Theatre featuring Max Dimoff

5:00 PM – Depart


Students will need to bring their own instruments, bows, and endpin stopper. All students attending Bass Bash are required to be chaperoned by a parent, legal guardian, or teacher. Chaperones accept responsibility for the student while in our program and must supervise them throughout the day. Chaperones must remain in the students' general vicinity, and, if possible for students under the age of 16, maintain line-of-sight supervision. Chaperones may participate in all Bass Bash events, including lunch, free of charge.

Orchestra Teachers bringing bass students to the festival are invited to a separate class designed to develop double bass technique. Please bring your own instrument and bow. There is no registration fee for this class or observing any workshops throughout the day.

Application Procedure


Experience-Level Assignments

Please help us by assigning your students to one of these three levels based on their experience and achievement. We will use these assignments to place students into small ensembles and technique classes. Below are some achievement markers to help guide your placement:

Classical Beginner: Able to read music in bass clef, play one octave D major, G major, and C major scales. Has completed the equivalent of Book 1 of a standard class method (Strictly Strings, Essential Elements, Sound Innovations, etc.) or completed Book 1 of the Vance Progressive Repertoire, the Suzuki Method, or other comparable method. These students will typically be in their first or second year of study.

Classical Intermediate: Able to play 2 octave F major, G major, A major scales and arpeggios; literature may include sixteenth notes, slurred passages, syncopated rhythms, and/or considerable shifting. These students will typically be in at least their third year of study.

Classical Advanced: Able to play 2 octave D and Eb major scales and 3 octave E and F major scales; able to play in thumb position comfortably. Able to read in bass, tenor. and treble clefs. Able to play literature comparable to a Marcello or Vivaldi Sonata.

Jazz Beginner: Able to read music; able to play 1 octave F major, Bb major, G major scales and arpeggios.

Jazz Intermediate: Able to play 2 octave F major, Bb major, G major scales and arpeggios; comfortable walking 12-bar blues and rhythm changes in F, Bb, G.

Jazz Advanced: Able to play 2 octave major scales and arpeggios in all 12 keys; comfortable walking 12-bar blues and rhythm changes in all keys. Able to read chord changes and improvise.


For more information about this workshop or any of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance Adult Workshops, please contact the office of Youth & Adult Programs by e-mail at or by phone at (734)936-2660.

ensemble2 students

main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower