High School Double Bass Institute

If you are a serious classical double bassist, our one-week double bass institute is an outstanding opportunity to focus on expanding your skills and technique, guided by an accomplished faculty of performers and educators.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Age range: Students currently in grades 6-9
Currently accepting applications on a rolling admission basis

Interlochen Arts Camp 2020 is pivoting this summer to Interlochen Online. Learn more about our interactive online summer arts series.

The goal of this program is to help prepare you for further classical double bass study, in high school and beyond. designed for motivated double bassists in grades 9-12, this program's topics include:

  • Essentials of orchestral playing
  • How to practice efficiently and effectively
  • Warm-up and other routines
  • Essentials of solo playing
  • Chamber music - small ensemble playing
  • Anatomy of a double bass
  • Set-up and care of the instrument
  • Heroes and methods of the instrument
  • Specific techniques; shifting, vibrato, bow strokes
  • Private lessons
  • Mock auditions

Each summer, the double bass institute faculty includes performers and educators from major symphony orchestras, colleges, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.


Audition Requirements

Video or audio file #1: Choose one movement from a piece listed in the suggested audition repertoire list, or choose a piece of comparable difficulty (no etudes or scales).

Video or audio file #2: Choose one movement from an additional piece (no etudes or scales).

Selections of contrasting style, and piano accompaniment when appropriate, are recommended.

Additional Opportunities

Double bassists are also invited to apply for the six-week orchestra summer program, which begins immediately following the one-week double bass institute.

Interlochen is home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a double bass performance major for grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.


Lawrence P. Hurst

Valade Fellow, Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Camp; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

Former chair of the Department of Strings, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; Former principal double bass, Dallas Symphony

Derek Weller

Instructor of Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

Instructor of Double Bass, Eastern Michigan University and Principal Double Bass, Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra