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Bass Day at Columbus State University

Sunday, January 29, 2017 9:00am-4:00pm

On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Columbus State University will host CSU Bass Day from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Schwob School of Music Legacy Hall at the River Center For The performing Arts. This event is a fun and exciting way to learn more about the bass. Bassists and bass enthusiasts of all ages are welcome from beginners through collegiate level.

This year, Bass Day will feature the students playing solos and ensemble music from orchestra excerpts to Bach suites for solo violoncello, technique classes will center around the basic articulations of legato, detache, martele, staccato and spicatto bowings. We will have a wonderful panel of Clinicians to listen and offer commentary on student performances. We will hold a discussion on different aspects of double bass playing and career opportunities for the young professional double bassist.

The day will culminate with a recital featuring Bass Day participants.


Everyone is encouraged to participate in the solo, group performance sessions. This is a day of fellowship and group learning. The ensemble piece that everyone plays at the end of the recital has parts for beginner to professional level. Clinicians will rotate working with participants throughout the day so everyone will get to work with all the Clinicians regardless of skill level.


Please send completed form (mailing address is at the end of form) with check or Money Order made payable to Columbus State University, ATTN: Schwob School of Music. Make a note on the check that this is for CSU Bass Day.


9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
9:15 am Class Warm-ups and Articulation Exercises
10:00 am Ensemble Rehearsal
10:45am Student Performances (Solo, Chamber, Orchestra)
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Student Performances (Solo, Chamber, Orchestra)
1:00 pm Career opportunities and life of professional bassist (open forum)
2:15 pm Bass Ensemble Rehearsal
2:45 pm Break (Change for Concert)
3:00 pm Bass Ensemble/Participant/Clinician Recital



Colin Corner, Principal Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Colin Corner was appointed Principal Bass of Atlanta Symphony by Robert Spano in 2015, after playing in the same position with the Rochester Philharmonic for 7 seasons. He previously played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Louisiana Philharmonic. He received First Place in the 2003 ISB Orchestral Competition, which led to a one week internship with the Detroit Symphony, and received Third Place in the same competition in 2001. Mr. Corner was also a recipient of the Interlochen Double Bass Class Studio award in 1997, which has since been renamed The Colin Corner Bass Award in his honor. Mr. Corner is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University, where he studied with Lawrence Hurst. While in Rochester, he served on the faculty at The Hochstein School and played with Chamber Music Rochester, The Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and The Finger Lakes Opera Festival. He has also served as Guest Principal Bass with the NAC Orchestra.

Outside of playing classical music, Mr. Corner enjoys playing electric bass and many different styles of music, mainly jazz. In Rochester, he played with The Shuffling Madness, a Jethro Tull tribute band, The Debbie Kendrick Quartet, a soulful acoustic blues group, The Greener Grass Band, a funky jam band, and various other groups.

Mr. Corner is also passionate about teaching, and has presented masterclasses/recitals at ISB Conventions, Ithaca College, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. In 2015, he joined the faculty at the Golden Gate Bass Camp in San Francisco, where he was a founding faculty member in the NorCal Orchestra Studies Academy. Proud of his instruments, he plays on a bass made by Joseph Hill, c. 1780, and a bass made in Atlanta by luthier Albert Jakstadt.


Gloria G. Jones, Associate Principal Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Gloria Jones joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at age 20 in 1984, just before completing her Bachelor Degree in Double Bass Performance at The University of Michigan. Born into a musical family in Greenville, SC, she studied violin and piano until age 12 when she started studying the bass. She was a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra for 5 years before college, soloing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at age 14. Six of her summers were spent at Interlochen Center of the Arts, studying with Lawrence Hurst, Oscar Zimmerman, and Jack Budrow. She also studied with her late husband, ASO Principal Bass Ralph Jones for two years in high school.

While at The University of Michigan, Ms. Jones was Principal Bass of the Flint Symphony Orchestra from 1982-1984, and she received the Mitslav Rostropovich Award for Outstanding Musicianship. She studied on Full Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 1983 and 1984, studying with Stuart Sankey. Joining the ASO as a section player, she was promoted to Assistant Principal in 1989 and to Associate Principal in 2001. The past two seasons, Ms. Jones has been Acting Principal Bass of the ASO. She teaches privately, coaches the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, participates in the ASO Talent Development Program, and has performed in many chamber music groups around Atlanta. She presently holds the Gary and Lucy Lee Associate Principal Bass Chair.



Jackie Pickett standing bass

Jacqueline Pickett, Double Bass Faculty Columbus State University

Double Bass Faculty, Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and Principal Bass, Columbus, Georgia and LaGrange, Georgia Symphony Orchestras. Dr. Pickett began her symphonic career as a section bassist with the Jacksonville, Florida Symphony Orchestra. She works as both classical and jazz recitalist.

As a chamber musician Dr. Pickett has performed and recorded with the Ritz Chamber Players, Nashville Chamber Orchestra (Orchestra Nashville), Pauline Oliveros' New Circle Five, and Terry Riley's Khayal. She has given solo double bass recitals in Johannesburg, South Africa and universities throughout the United States. She continues to present double bass recitals on current social issues with her Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-Based American Roots Music Trio (Violinist Diane Monroe and Jazz Tap Dancer/ Folklorist Germaine Ingram.

Dr. Pickett is the founder of Torch Academy (, a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit promoting formal music instruction and social empowerment for underserved/at-risk youth; and Metro Atlanta Women's Jazz Society (MA JAZZ), an organization that offers big band and chamber ensembles dedicated to featuring women jazz artists. She is a graduate of West Virginia University (Bachelor of Music with high honors), Principal teacher, Mr. Jeffery Mangone; Yale School of Music (Master of Music), Principal teacher, Mr. Homer Mensch, where she was recipient of the George Wellington Miles Memorial Scholarship; and the first recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Double Bass Performance from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Principal teacher, Mr. Richard Davis


Dr. David Ballam, Auburn University

Dr. David Ballam, instructor of double bass has taught at Auburn University since 2013. Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, Dr. Ballam has taught and performed extensively in central Texas and Chicago, IL.

As an experienced orchestral musician, Dr. Ballam has performed numerous times with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony, Round Rock Symphony, and the Austin Singers. While living in Chicago, Dr. Ballam also performed with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Dupage Symphony Orchestra, Wheaton Summer Symphony, Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Music Institute of Chicago. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Northwestern University Summer Orchestra and Ensemble Settecento, and in recital at the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Ballam holds a DMA from the University of Texas at Austin studying under DaXun Zhang, and completed his master's degree at Northwestern University in double bass performance and string pedagogy under the instruction of both Peter Lloyd and DaXun Zhang. A graduate of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, Dr. Ballam holds diplomas in both music education and double bass performance. Other previous studies include performing in masterclasses for noted doublebassists Tim Cobb, Joseph Guastafeste, Paul Ellison, and Francois Rabbath as well as private studies in violone and baroque performance practices with Jerry Fuller. 


Mr. Adam Bernstein

Double Bassist Adam Bernstein is a passionate and versatile musician comfortable in a wide array of styles, who has performed on stage and in recording studios with Top-40 artists in genres ranging from country to jazz-fusion. Bernstein has toured across North America and Asia, played on Grammy-nominated albums, and performed with ensembles including the Atlanta Symphony, Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. A former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and MusiCorps Chamber Ensemble, he has been the instructor for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras as well as a private teacher in the Chicago, Lansing, and Metro-Atlanta areas. Bernstein earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied with Tom Sperl, and his Master's in Music Performance at Michigan State University, studying with Jack Budrow. He has worked with legendary bassists and pedagogues, such as Edgar Meyer, Francois Rabbath, and Paul Ellison, as well as studying with players in the Metropolitan Opera, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic.



Registration: $65 at door, early registration $50 before December 16, 2016 The fee covers instructions, lunch and materials.




• Bring your own bass, bow, rock stop, rosin, and stool (bass rentals for the day will be available for a nominal charge)

• Bring friends and family to concert

• Wear something bright for the concert




Students of any ability level are welcome to perform a solo piece, orchestra excerpts, chamber music during the master classes at 11:00 pm and 1pm. Students who wish to play should bring solo music they know or are currently working on. Please provide name of piece you are playing and if you will need accompanist. There will be a sign-up sheet when you arrive at check-in.



Special Notice

Columbus State University is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please let us know in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

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Fees: $65.00 after January 1, Early Registration $50.00 before December 16, 2016




Parents/Guardian (if participant is a minor)_______________________________________________




I have been working on the following materials:

Method Books_________________________________________________________________________

Solo Repertoire________________________________________________________________________


I am playing for Master Class YES___ NO___

(There will be a pianist for the Master Class)


I have been playing bass:

_______ 0-2 years

_______ 2-5 years

_______ More than 5 years


Please mail to:

Columbus State University
ATTN: Schwob School of Music
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31907