Bass Studio of Brian Powell

Prospective Bass Student,

Welcome to Miami and Frost School of Music! As you are exploring what our school has to offer, I want to encourage you to get in touch with me and our staff at Frost. Choosing the right school is a major life decision and it is in your best interest to have as informed a decision as possible. To that end, I am glad to assist you any way that I can.

The bass studio at Frost has a well-established tradition of great teachers and performers that extends all the way back to when the music school was founded. Our bass studio consists of performers auditioning for professional orchestras, jazz bassists at the top of their field, aspiring teachers and professors exploring the world of string pedagogy, highly skilled bassists who happen to be studying pre-med…you will not find a more diverse bass community with the quality of musicians that we have. Every student has a curriculum and practice regimen designed for them!

We have weekly orchestra rep classes where we explore standard repertoire and professional audition preparation. There are also opportunities for students perform in chamber ensembles, as well as perform for their peers in bass masterclasses and our weekly string forum. Our Frost Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic full orchestra that explores every genre and level of orchestral repertoire, and our Mancini Orchestra works with some of the most famous musicians in the entertainment field.

Our bassists are exposed to a wide variety of artists, whether it be members from the Cleveland Orchestra to our esteemed jazz bass faculty to Mark O’Connor or Victor Wooten! For everything connected to our instrument, this is the place for bass! My professional experience as an orchestral bassist and music ed professor will also offer you insight into consistent optimal performance, how to communicate complex concepts of bass playing effectively to others, and how to be an articulate advocate of your own music.

Every student in the bass studio receives personal attention and support from our faculty. As you apply to Frost, you can hopefully learn more about this as you get to know us. Practice hard and stay in touch…I look forward to meeting you!

Brian Powell
Assistant Professor of Double Bass and String Music Education
Handleman Studio 112
Frost School of Music
University of Miami
(305) 284-6227
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