Double Bass Workshop

Tentative: September 26, 2020

This whole of this page refers to the 2019 Double Bass Workshop. Please visit again for information about the 2020 Violin & Viola Choir when it becomes available.

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Making this Event Possible!

4 Strings

Gencarelli Bass Works

Greenville Symphony Orchestra

Bernhardt House of Violins

Location & Directions

Wade Hampton High School

100 Pine Knoll Dr.

Greenville, SC 29609


Fine Arts Center of Greenville

102 Pine Knoll Dr.

Greenville, SC 29609

Food Options

Students are welcome to bring snacks/lunch from home. They will not be permitted to leave campus at meal time.

Lunch Menu:

Pizza from Pebble Creek

Cheese, Pepperoni, & Sausage Pizza

Chips & Cookie with Soda/Water

Snack to Include a Variety:

Peanut Butter Crackers, Goldfish, Cookies (such as oreos), Rice Krispie Treats, etc.


If you have questions, please email swines@greenvilleschools.us

Please Click the links below to access your music for the event. You are expected to print and practice the music prior to the event. Please bring your own copy of the music on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

Advanced Basses, learn lines 1 & 2 (we will split at the event)

Intermediate Basses, learn lines 3 & 4 (we will split at the event)

Beginning Basses, we will provide upon arrival * Please bring Essential Elements 2000 Bk 1, if you have it.

Beginning Ensemble

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wade Hampton High School of Greenville County

Schedule

9:00-9:15 Check-in

9:30-10:45 Technique Class

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Note Reading Activities

12:00-1:00 Scales & Shifting

1:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 Bowing Techniques

2:30 - 3:30 Basic Theory Fundamental Games

3:30 - 4:30 Ensemble Music

5:00 Recital

5:00 Recital in Auditorium

8:00 Greenville Symphony Concert @ Peace Center

http://www.greenvillesymphony.org/event/tcheers-for-tchaikovsky/


Intermediate

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wade Hampton High School of Greenville County

Tentative Schedule

8:00- 8:15 Check-in

8:30-9:15 Region Help Sessions, optional

9:30-10:30 Technique/Shifting Class

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Sectionals / Small Ensemble Rehearsals

11:45 - 1:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

1:00-1:30 Lunch

1:45-3:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Final Rehearsals in Auditorium

5:00 Recital in Auditorium

8:00 Greenville Symphony Concert at Peace Center

http://www.greenvillesymphony.org/event/tcheers-for-tchaikovsky/

Advanced

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wade Hampton High School of Greenville County

Tentative Schedule

8:00- 8:15 Check-in

8:30-9:15 Region Help Sessions, optional

9:30-10:30 Technique/Shifting Class

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-11:45 Sectionals / Small Ensemble Rehearsals

11:45 - 1:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

1:00-1:30 Lunch

1:45-3:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Final Rehearsals in Auditorium

5:00 Recital in Auditorium

8:00 Greenville Symphony Concert at Peace Center

http://www.greenvillesymphony.org/event/tcheers-for-tchaikovsky/

Teacher Boot Camp:

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Wade Hampton High School of Greenville County

All SC ASTA Members Attend FREE!

Tentative Schedule

8:00- 8:15 Check-in

8:30-9:15 Region Help Sessions, optional

9:30-10:00 Setting Up Bassists for Success

10:00-10:30 Bowing Class

10:30-10:45 Break with Students

10:45-11:30 Scales & Shifting Class (including Thumb Position Technique)

Optional:

11:45 - 1:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

1:00-1:30 Lunch

1:45-3:00 Large Ensemble Rehearsal

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Final Rehearsals in Auditorium

5:00 Recital in Auditorium

8:00 Greenville Symphony Concert at Peace Center

http://www.greenvillesymphony.org/event/tcheers-for-tchaikovsky/

Meet Your Clinicians

Braxton Ballew

Braxton Ballew is a member of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra bass section and the orchestra's Education Director. He holds a DMA from the University of Georgia, and MM from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a BM from Valdosta State University. His major teachers are Milton Masciadri, Albert Laszlo, James Barket and Douglas Sommer. In addition, he studied composition with Henry Gwiazda and Leonard V. Ball, JR.

As one half of the gothic metal/dark ambient duo Valentine Wolfe, Braxton's has music has been heard extensively in local theater, as Valentine Wolfe has composed and performed the scores for Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest (Warehouse Theater), The Winter’s Tale (Furman University), Twelfth Night (The Distracted Globe), and the music and the The Angel in the Warehouse Theater's production of Angels in America. In addition, they have also scored silent horror films live, performing Nosferatu (Atlanta, Greenville) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Atlanta). He has performed in venues ranging from Sterling School for the Gifted to DragonCon to the Peace Center to the Radio Room.

Valentine Wolfe's most recent release, The Elegiac Repose, 9 death positive songs about mourning, loss, and grief, was profiled on Death and the Maiden (deadmaidens.com) and supported by a grant from Greenville, SC’s Metropolitan Arts Council. Worth noting is that the roaring distortion and ghostly drone textures in their music is all performed on the double bass: there are no guitars in their version of neoclassical gothic metal.

Visit them online at valentinewolfe.com

Brian Gencarelli

Brian is a native of Spartanburg, SC. He has a degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Master's Degree in Performance from the University of Georgia. He teaches in the Greenville County School District and is Affiliate Professor of Bass at North Greenville University.

Brian started repairing instruments as a hobby about 20 years ago in graduate school. Lack of school district funding for repair gave opportunity for him to practice his craft. After completing work on his own instrument, his colleagues in the Greenville Symphony and other professional orchestras asked him to work on their basses, and GBW was born.

Brian has attended the Double Bass Repair and Restoration Workshop and the Double Bass Makers' Workshop at Oberlin College (OH) to study the art of lutherie with some of the best- Arnold Schnitzer, David Gage, Bill Lakeberg, and Robbie McIntosh. These workshops are facilitated by the Violin Society of America.

In the summer of 2018, Brian had the opportunity to participate in the Build A Bass Workshop at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithica, NY. He was one of the team of Luthiers to build 3 Double Basses in a Week.


John Kvasnicka

Mr. Kvasnicka teaches at Meeting Street Academy, Mary H. Wright Elementary, and Carver Middle school for Spartanburg School District Seven. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He has worked for the USC String Project, Lexington School District Two, Sumter School District Two, Richland School District One, and Union County Schools. Mr. K. (as his students address him) has played for the USC Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic as a string bass player. Mr. Kvasnicka has served as All-State Chairman of the South Carolina Music Educators Association. He also maintains a private studio of students ranging from beginning to advanced levels.

Jacob Bradford

Easley, SC native Jacob Bradford, is a great example of how South Carolina's public school music programs can take students far! His own string education journey began in Pickens County Schools. He is a proud alumnus of Easley High School's Orchestra program and was a member of the Carolina Youth Symphony. An active professional musician on both double bass and electric bass today, he performs regularly with regional orchestras, ensembles and churches throughout the Upstate. In addition to his performance work, Jacob maintains a thriving private teaching studio for double bass and electric bass students.

Jacob has gained recognition as one of the top string instrument and bow repair specialists in the area. He apprenticed with professional luthier, Brian Gencarelli at Gencarelli Bass Works and studied lutherie under professionals David Gage and Arnold Schnitzer. In June 2018, Jacob was chosen as one of 25 luthiers from an international pool to participate in the Violin Society of America's Bass Maker's Workshop at Oberlin College. In 2017, he served as an intern at the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY.

Jacob and his wife, Brianna, live in Taylors, SC.

Rich Harbison

Mr. Harbison is a classically trained double bassist and educator located in Greenville, SC. Mr. Harbison holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of South Carolina. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of South Carolina in the Spring of 2016, where he simultaneously earned a Performance Certificate. At Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Harbison received a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. He is an avid teacher who spent four years teaching at the USC String Project, where he was involved with private lesson instruction as well as large classes for beginning students. While at the University of South Carolina, Mr. Harbison was also heavily involved with the Double Bass Club of South Carolina and served as Vice President, President, and Treasurer during the course of his studies. As a leading member, he organized and ran three successful Bass Conferences with students from all over the Southeast. This event brought renowned pedagogues and performers to the state and stimulated a sense of community from everyone involved.

Mr. Harbison has a wealth of performance experience and had the privilege of playing with the Long Bay Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony, and a myriad of other fine groups while living in South Carolina. Mr. Harbison is also actively involved in playing chamber music and has performed as a Double Bass Duo with friend and colleague Joe Gaskins. Their repertoire has included the Bottesini Passione Amorosa and the Dave Anderson Seven Double Bass Duets. In the Spring of 2016, the two traveled to a number of public schools in the Columbia area to perform, and talk about the SC Bass Conference. Mr. Harbison also has the pleasure of getting to make music with his wife, Zoe Harbison and they have performed together a number of times. While in Pittsburgh, Mr. Harbison frequently played with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, where he has been guest Principal Bassist. He has had the pleasure of working with Resonance Works and NAT 28, both champions of innovative programming and multimedia performances.

Susan Wines

Susan Wines’ enthusiasm for music and teaching began as double bass player in middle school. It continued to develop through teacher encouragement as well as participation in All-State, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and several Honor Orchestras. After high school, Susan Wines attended Converse College where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in Instrumental Music Education. In 2008, she initiated the Band & Strings program at Ralph Chandler Middle School in Simpsonville, SC. While teaching at Ralph Chandler Middle, she established a beginning and intermediate program for band and strings as well as a full orchestra honors ensemble. These ensembles traveled to Music Festivals in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina and received numerous Superior Ratings. In 2016, she accepted a new position as Director of Orchestras at Wade Hampton High School. In addition to teaching, she has enjoyed her role of being an adjudicator Concert Performance Assessment and Solo & Ensemble Festival; assisting the Wade Hampton High School Bands; a guest speaker and mentor for pre-service teachers; and guest conductor for Region Orchestras as well as at several Summer Music Camps in the Mid-West, Northeast and Southeast regions. Susan Wines is lead strings teacher of Greenville County, Greenville County Youth Orchestra Sinfonia Conductor, SC-ASTA President, SCMEA Orchestra Division Board Member and has been recognized as a WYFF Golden Apple Teacher Award Recipient as well as Teacher of the Year. ​

Francesca Scott

Francesca Scott is a native of Greenville, SC. Initially starting out as a violinist, she transitioned to double bass in high school. With tremendous joy, she pursued higher education as a double bassist in her undergraduate program. She will graduate from North Greenville University with a BA in Music Education in the spring of 2020.

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