Brian Powell is the newly appointed professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy at the Frost Music School of the University of Miami. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching from Indiana University, and he is a doctoral candidate at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. He is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also regularly performed with the Louisville Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition. As an educator, Powell taught string students from the elementary to collegiate levels, working with well over two hundred string students every year. He was formerly the director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, KY, and on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. His orchestra at Eastern was selected to perform at the KMEA State convention in 2004 and was recently invited again to perform in February 2011. Last year, he was selected Jefferson County’s High School Music Teacher of the Year. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and he remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States.