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Upright Double Bass Teachers USA)

Here we list the upright double bass teachers by State (in Alphabetical order) then by the city they are nearest to or in. Also, adding short descriptive information as to what they specialize in or play. We (at the String Emporium), only provide these names as a much needed source and service. So many players want to study with a good teacher near where they live, or some moving to a new city and need to find a new teacher. We cannot endorse one player/teacher to another, but strongly urge the those interested, to simply contact the teacher to get more information. Good luck and find a great teacher!

Special note: You will notice that our email addresses here do not show the regular @ sign as normally they do. We substitute that with AT. So, if you are emailing a teacher, you will have to copy their email address first, paste it in your email program and then re-place the AT with the @ sign so it will work. We do this so that the teachers won't get their email addresses spammed here.

One last thing: A lot of the teachers listed here sent us the most passionate and interesting descriptions about themselves, but we just don't have enough room to put this all in. Eventually, we will re-design this page and get it to where we can properly highlight everyone. For now though, it's still just good to know where everyone is located, their contact info and some of what they feel they are qualified to offer. Again, it's up to the prospective students to contact the teachers for more detailed information.Teachers: if you need to change something (or if we goofed in anyway!), please email us and tell us.If you would like to be removed from the list, also just let us know.

If you are a good, experienced teacher and would like to be added here,
please email us.



 
Alabama

 
Alaska

 
Arizona
(see our special phoenix-arizona-bass teachers page)

 
Arkansas
Little Rock Brad Birge bdbirgeATualr.edu (college senior)
       
 
California
Sacramento Bob Comarow comarowATyahoo.com
321-591-1954
(jazz, classical)
Los Angeles (Santa Monica) Henry Samuels hmsamuelsATaol.com

310-892-7104

experienced classical musician and teacher
Los Angeles
(Redondo Beach)
Denis Del Giudice 310 379 5727 (teaches jazz)
San Francisco  Robert Ashley  (949) 677-3476  robertryanashleyATgmail.com Active teacher/player (subs in San Francisco Symphony and LA Phil
East Bay Bob Chandler bassfaceATpacbell.net        510-793-6125 Jazz
 
Colorado
Ft. Collins/Loveland, CO Jason Rosenholtz-Witt jasonkrwATyahoo
970-556-591
M.M. Colorado State
Classical mostly, some jazz, and music theory
Denver Douglas Anderson opay767ATaol.com (jazz and commercial music)
       
 
Connecticut
Hartford Emilio Guarino emilio.guarinoATgmail.com
(973) 462-8151
 
Hartford, (Simsbury and Manchester) Jared Gardner jared_gardnerATsbcglobal.net
(916) 717-9593
(Jared is a graduate of Hart and teaches beginning to intermediate players)
       
 
Delaware

 
Florida
Clearwater TJ Glowacki tjglowATtampabay.rr.com (classical, also teaches at 2 colleges)

Jacksonville

 

John Wieland wielandjohnATgmail.com

904-540-7470

Principal bass/Jacksonville Symphony and Faculty/Stetson University
Orlando Tim Franklin timfranklinmusicATgmail.com 
407-578-1598
(active professional) teaches jazz occasionally
Sarasota Gil Katz 941.320.9083
nonaATnonamusic.com
 

Principal bass of the Sarasota Opera and founder and bass player of NONA, cello and bass duo

 
Georgia
Macon/Perry Jared Andrews jmandrews260ATgmail.com
478-396-3278
(jazz studies and some classical)
       
 
Hawaii

 
Idaho

 
Illinois
Chicago (Elgin)  Andrew Anderson andersonbassworksAT
yahoo.com
847-542-1351
(Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Orchestra)
Bass faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and Wheaton College's Wheaton Conservatory, Private Studio in Elgin all levels (beginner through audition prep.)
Chicago (Winnetka) Eric Hochberg ehochbergATaol.com 847-425-1670 and 847-710-7988

 

Accomplished Jazz player teaches all over Chicago area and suburbs. Jazz and popular styles, inprov, theory.  A busy player too!
Chicago (Buffalo Grove) Alan Steiner steinerabassoATcomcast.net
847-913-0772
(extensive symphony background, freelancer, classical. Does a school presentation with the bass.
Chicago Hans Peterman hanz2112ATgmail.com (freelancer, mostly jazz and classical)
Chicago Marc Piane mpianeATearthlink.net
773.259.1723
(specializes in Jazz and intermediate Classical students, teaching for over 15 years
Chicago (Northwest side) Bill Harrison billATbillharrisonmusic.com freelance/private instructor 30+ years, jazz
Chicago Josh Fink thejewishcowboyATgmail.com
763-439-4345
(Jazz and classical)
 Champaign/Urbana

 

 Michael Cameron  mjcameroATmac.com very distinguished professor at University of Illinois (classical, solo and orchestra) also taking private students
 
       
Indiana
Indianapolis Robert Goodlet isobassbikeATgmail.com

317-414-8190

member of Indianapolis Symphony since 1972 and also teaches at Quattro String Academy
Fort Wayne Kevin Piekarski kebopieATfrontier.com

260-423-4672

Asst Principal bass with Ft. Wayne Philarmonic



Iowa

 
Kansas

 
Kentucky

 
Louisiana
New Orleans Mike Robbins mike.robbins84ATgmail.com
585-506-6085
professional performer and teacher, classical and jazz
New Orleans Tate Carson TatecarsonATgmail.com

504-258-9105

 I'm a working jazz musician who recently graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Masters in Jazz Studies  I teach jazz bass and beginning to intermediate classical bass
 
Maine

 
Maryland
Laurel Michael R. Rittling mrittlingATyahoo.com
(812) 272-0203
(classical)
Balitmore (Fairfax Station, VA) Wesley Thompson (703) 980-1009 Classical
(Senior student at Peabody)
Laurel Michael R. Rittling mrittlingATyahoo.co
(812) 272-0203
(classical, takes beginning to intermediate students)
Baltimore (Catonsville) Joseph Martone jjmartoneATgmail.com  
Baltimore MD/Washington DC Shawn Alger bassmanzeusAThotmail.com (classical)
       
 
Massachusetts
       
       
 
Michigan
Mt. Pleasant, MI Braun Khan braunkhanATgmail.com
989-775-8117
(7 years teaching, classical and jazz.)
       
 
Minnesota
St. Paul Dave Williamson willibassATearthlink.net
651-222-6822
(Minnesota Orchestra) classical and jazz, 35 years
       
 
Mississippi
Hattiesburg Samuel Dahmer amuelbaixoATyahoo.com.br
(601)8182920
(Doctoral student at USM) teaches classical
       
 
       
Missouri
St. Louis Don Martin dbasso1997ATaol.com  314-727-1997 Professional bassist and teacher for several years, St. Louis Symphony and Washington University
 
Montana
Billings (in the summers) Ryan Hennessy ryan.hennessyAT
umconnect.umt.edu
(Student at U of Montana) teaches during the summers.  (Beginning to intermediate)
       
 
Nebraska

 
Nevada
Las Vegas Derek Jones endersbassATyahoo.com
702-985-4181
(very active jazz professional/teacher 20 yrs, some classical) (Cirque du Soleil "KA")
       
 
New Hampshire

 
New Jersey

 
New Mexico

 
New York
Albany Patrick O'Connell patrickoconnell.musicAT
gmail.com
Principal-Schenectady Symphony, Ass Prin-Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. Classical. Some jazz experience
Buffalo

Paul Siekierski

siekpm81ATgmail.com

716-713-6356

16 years Classical and Jazz
New York City Ron McClure RondmcclureATyahoo.com
(212) 580-7118
(917) 596-1506 cell
(well known professional jazz player and extensive teacher: NYU & The New School, has played with BS&T,
Thelonious Monk, Joe Henderson & Quest, SteepleChase recording artist.
New York City Daniel Ori meATdanielori.com accepts students in all levels, and teaches mainly jazz.
New York
(Westchester too)
Dmitri Kolesnik dmitrimailATyahoo.com (accomplished Jazz musician)
New York (Brooklyn) Petros Klampanis petrosklampanisATgmail.com
646-243-4308
(Inner Circle Music artist) teaching +10 years, jazz/harmony/arrangement
New York
(Manhattan / Upper West Side)
Johannes Felscher johannesfelscherATgmail.com (advanced jazz, intermediate classical) 
New York
Queens (Bayside)
Charley Sabatino beadgcATnyc.rr.com
917-837-634
(teaches beginners and jazz improvization)

New York City

Joshua Marcum

josh.w.marcumATgmail.com
646-512-0191 cell
(teaches classical and jazz)
New Paltz John Menegon ologonATearthlink.net , professor at SUNY, 15 years
Odessa Lou Cicconi
bluelouATtny.rr.com (Big band jazz and Rockabilly slap)
Rochester Gaelen McCormick gmccormickAT
esm.rochester.edu
(10+ yrs, classical both German and French bows)
Westchester County (50 miles from NYC) David Dunaway basslokaATgmail.com
(914) 536-6100
(teaching 40 years both classical and jazz, has on line jazz course)
       
 
North Carolina
Raleigh Paul Creel pcreelbassATyahoo.com
904-334-6849
(Jazz, and technique)
Asheville Paul Dunn dunn_plAThotmail.com
252-558-3396
(21+ yrs teaching mostly jazz, blues and beginning players.)
Asheville Christian Ferri livemusicwireATgmail.com
(704)877-6914
(Jazz studies background) can teach classical
       
 
North Dakota

 
Ohio
Cleveland Nishana Gunaratne ngbass29ATgmail.com Oberilin grad, teaching classical for more than 5 years
Cincinnati (Anderson Two.) Rick Vizachero 513-231-1761 (Cincinnati Symphony)
Teaching 27 years, Classical & Jazz.
Hartville, Ohio (Canton/Akron area) Dan Nauss
dan.naussATgmail.com (Classical and jazz) teaches at Stark campus Kent State
Oklahoma
Edmond (also Oklahoma City) Michael Geib mgeibATuco.edu

405-974-5752

Teaches at UCO, both classical and jazz
Oregon
Portland Josh Feinberg joshfeinbergmusicAT
gmail.com
917 776 2801
 
Portland (Aloha) Ryc Williamson rycwilliamsonATgmail.com
971.732.6689
(Jazz, beginning classical, folk)
 
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia            (Haddon Heights) Dave Kaczorowski dkazbassATyahoo.com Professional Jazz bass teacher, theory and improv as well as intermediate classical
Philadelphia (Germantown) Ed Wise edATedwisemusician.com
215-279-0617
University of Pennsylvania,  teaching  +35 years, jazz (all levels) & classical (beginner-intermediate)
Philadelphia (Phoenixville) Christopher Walters ChristophwaltersATgmail.com
215-356-1497
(primarily classical, some jazz as well.)
State College, PA Gregory Lee

 
leegregory72ATgmail.com 23 years exp, Raleigh Civic and Raleigh Chamber (mainly classical with some jazz)
 
Rhode Island

 
South Carolina

 
South Dakota

 
Tennessee
Nashville Tim Pearson

tepearsonATgmail.com

812-219-3087

Freelancer and on the faculty at MTSU

Nashville (Donelson) Mario Sangermano basswaves3ATyahoo.com
615-351-6706
Freelance touring/session bassist. 10 + years teaching, jazz/classical.
Memphis (Collierville) Scott Reed srbass747ATyahoo.com
(901) 490-8004
 
       
 
Texas
Austin

David Ballam

tunedin4thsATyahoo.com

630 951-6119

BM, MM and working on DMA at UT. Teaches a lot at Round Rock School Dist. and Austin School Dist.

 

Dallas Paula Feming 214 520 3635 (Dallas Symphony)
classical over 30 years
Dallas (Plano) Leland Byrd ByrdBassATgmail.com

Grad student. Teaches both upright and electric bass.

Dallas (Flower Mound) David Peter Iarussi davidATbusiness
PRnews.com
469-682-7261
 
Houston Eric Larson basshoustonATgmail.com

713 398 9198

Houston Symphony for 11 years, teaching (all levels) classical
 
Utah

 
Vermont

 
Virginia
Fairfax Station, VA and Baltimore MD Wesley Thompson wesleyplaysbassAT
verizon.net
(703) 980-1009
(Senior at Peabody School) classical
 Piedmont region  Ed Mikenas  emikenasATmsn.com

(434) 386-2222

 Both Classical/Jazz (Studio musician, performer, university instructor).  All levels of study.
 
Washington
Seattle,
Columbia City
Travis Gore travishgoreATgmail.com
713-828-4712
(Seattle Symphony) classical
Seattle Matt Hopper hoppinbass76AThotmail.com
206-851-2197
free lances and classically trained (teaches various styles)
10 years exp
Seattle (West Seattle) Ethan Sobotta esobottaATmac.com
206-321-4891
15+ classical, jazz, rock, funk, rockabilly
Seattle Brooke Creswell brooke_creswellAT
hotmail.com
509-457-5354
(teaches classical at home studio)
Orcas Island Gordon Koenig gordoATrockisland.com (swing, folk)
       
 
West Virginia

 
Wisconsin
Milwaukee Maurice Wininsky wininskyATwi.rr.com (long time Milwaukee Symphony player and teacher) prefers non-beginners, specializes in French style bow 34+ years
       
 
Wyoming

 
Washington DC
Washington DC Rob Perl LessonsATacebass.com
202 635 2875
teaching 25 + years.  BA,MA.  Teach Jazz, Jazz theory, Classical, Country, Rockabilly
Washington DC and surrounding area  Jeff Cooper  musiccoopAThotmail.com

301-469-0164, 240-423-4366 (cell)

 35 + years teaching jazz and classical