Convention brings more than 1,200 double bassists to CSU

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University is thrilled to welcome the International Society of Bassists biennial convention to the University Center for the Arts June 1-6. The convention draws more than 1,200 bassists from around the world, and is a tremendous opportunity to attend concerts and clinics with world-renowned players and teachers.

“The ISB convention is the pre-eminent event in the world of classical and jazz bass, and will help solidify CSU as a destination school of music throughout the country and world,” said Forest Greenough, assistant professor of double bass at CSU. “This will be the largest single gathering of professional classical and jazz musicians ever in the history of Fort Collins—it is an event not to be missed!”
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An exciting component of the International Society of Bassists convention (ISB) is the Young Bassists Program, open to students 18 and under of all levels, including beginners. This is an amazing opportunity for local and regional students, and is truly a life-changing experience.

Another unique opportunity is for non-bassist music educators to attend the convention for free; continuing education credit will be available for educators attending the convention.

The convention

Previous conventions have been hosted at Eastman School of Music, San Francisco State University, and Penn State University School of Music.

“We are most excited that the ISB selected our venue for their 2015 biennial convention,” said Paul Metz, interim director of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at CSU. “Even though it has been seven years since the School moved into this wonderful space, we are still inspired daily by the opportunities it presents, and we certainly hope it will inspire ISB members to share their knowledge, ideas, and great music with each other and our community.”

Greenough echoed Metz’s sentiment.

“I am very honored that we were chosen to host the prestigious convention,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to continue to showcase our strong music programs, but also our fantastic facilities and support staff, and our beautiful city.”

As the ISB members and guests enjoy the hospitality of Fort Collins, as well as the beautiful Rocky Mountains, we wish them a rewarding convention!

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