Tucson Bass Jam

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Tucson Bass Jam

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tucson Bass Jam

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

1 – 8 PM

University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music

1017 N. Olive Road, Tucson AZ, 85719


Faculty Director: Dr. Philip Alejo, University of Arizona, palejo@email.arizona.edu

Guest Artist: Robin Kesselman, Principal Bass, Houston Symphony



The Tucson Bass Jam is an ASTA and University of Arizona sponsored clinic for beginning, intermediate, and advanced double bass students, music educators, and community bass players of any age from Southern Arizona. Participants will participate in workshops, rehearse as a bass orchestra, and give an informal performance at the end of the day.


If you are an orchestra teacher or adult learner, we will have a special class designed to help you develop your double bass technique. Please bring an instrument and bow. 


There is a $30 registration fee for participants. Parents, chaperones, and teachers may accompany their students to Tucson Bass Jam free of charge.


Registration and Fees

The registration fee per student for the Tucson Bass Jam is $30. This fee includes a pizza dinner. Students will need to bring their own instruments, bows, and endpin stopper. Parents, teachers, or other chaperones may accompany their students to Tucson Bass Jam free of charge.


Registration:  Participants should visit and register on the AZ-ASTA website.  Registration on the day of the event will be possible, but not recommended.


Chaperone Attendance:  We request that any student 13 or under be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or adult chaperone during the event.


Experience Level Assignments

Using the descriptions below, consult with your teacher to determine your experience.


Level 1:  Advanced Bassists able to perform in upper positions and read tenor clef.

Level 2:  Bassists comfortable with all positions to first-octave harmonic.

Level 3:  Bassists comfortable with the notes in first, second, and third positions.

Level 4:  Bassists with an understanding of first and half position notes.



Time Activity
12:30 PM Arrival and registration in FFSOM lobby
1:00 PM Introduction and rehearsal for bass orchestra piece
2:00 PM   Technique class with Philip Alejo
3:00 PM   Masterclass with Guest Artist Robin Kesselman
4:15 PM Workshop with Guest Artist Robin Kesselman
5:30 PM Dinner
6:15 PM All rehearse bass orchestra piece
7:00 PM Final Performance


Guest Artist Biography

Robin Kesselman was appointed Principal Bass of the Houston Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Andrés Orozco-Estrada in December of 2014. He has performed as Guest Principal Bass with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic, travelled internationally with both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and appeared with the National, Atlanta, and Baltimore symphonies.


Outside of the orchestra, Kesselman frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician, and also gives masterclasses around the country and abroad. During its 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony and its Music Director featured him as a soloist, performing the Koussevitzky Concerto for Double Bass. Recently, he was also featured at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall as a part of the Curtis Chamber Orchestra’s residency with Krzysztof Penderecki performing his Duo Concertante. In the summers, Kesselman has attended such festivals as the Grand Teton, Pacific, Sarasota, and Aspen Music Festivals, as well as being a prize-winning fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Also, he has served as faculty for the National Youth Orchestra – USA at SUNY Purchase, Curtis Institute’s Summerfest, Richard Davis’ Bass Conference, and the summer residency of the Youth Philharmonic of Colombia.


A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Robin grew up in a musical family. His parents are choral directors and his sister is a soprano. He began his undergraduate studies at the Colburn School of Music before completing his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern California in 2012. He went on to receive his Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music in December of 2014. Kesselman’s primary teachers have been David Allen Moore, Harold Robinson, Edgar Meyer, Paul Ellison, Chris Hanulik, and Virginia Dixon.







January 20
1:00 pm - 8:00 pm


University of Arizona
1017 N Olive Rd, Tucson
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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