Double Bass Workshop

September 28-29, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Wade Hampton High School

Full Detail Schedule: To Be Released Soon


4:15-5:00 Check-in / Registration

5:00-6:00 Sectionals

6:00-6:30 Dinner

6:30-7:20 Group Rehearsal on Stage / Sectionals

7:20-7:30 Break

7:30-8:10 Group Rehearsal in Band Room / Sectional

8:15-8:45 Special Artist: Braxton Ballew from Valentine Wolfe

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fine Arts Center of Greenville County

Teacher's Double Bass Boot Camp

This year in conjunction with the 3rd annual Double Bass Workshop, orchestra directors are invited to a 2 Hour, hands-on, double bass boot camp on how to teach Double Bass Technique in your orchestra class.


8:00-9:00 Check-in / Region Help Sessions, optional

9:00-10:00 Technique Class with Milton including Teachers

(10:00-11:00 Breakout: Double Bass Bootcamp for Teachers)

10:00-11:00 Masterclass / Large Ensemble

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 Large Ensemble

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:45 Sectionals / Small Ensemble Rehearsals

1:45-2:00 Break

2:00-2:45 Dress Rehearsal in Auditorium

3:00 Recital in Auditorium

Thank You to Our Sponsors for Making this Event Possible!

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 dinner/lunch from home. They will not be permitted to leave campus at meal times.

Dinner Menu:

Pizza from Pebble Creek

Cheese, Pepperoni, & Sausage Pizza

Lunch Menu:


Access Music!

If you have questions, please email

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 Friday, September 28, 2018.


Meet Your Clinicians

Milton Masciadri

Milton Masciadri is Professor of Double Bass at the University of Georgia, where he has been a member of the music faculty since 1984. Representing the third generation of double bassists in his family, he was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and began double bass studies with his father. By the age of 17, he was co-principal bassist with the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and at the age of 19 was on the music faculty of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte.

Masciadri is a frequent recitalist and soloist with major symphony orchestras in Europe, Asia, North America, Central America and South America. He has presented master classes at such musical institutions as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music in London, Moscow Conservatory, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires National Conservatory, and Milan Conservatorio among many others. Dr. Masciadri's solo performances have taken place at many internationally renowned concert venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, “La Fenice” Opera House in Venice, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Castro Alves Opera House in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) and the Municipal Theater of Sao Paulo. During the summers he teaches at several international music festivals and double bass conventions in the United States, South America and Europe. His solo recordings have been released on the DMR, Sinfonica, ACA & Fondazione labels. Masciadri's enthusiasm for enlarging the repertoire of the double bass has led him to publish and premiere works of many contemporary American and South American composers, including works commissioned for him by such institutions as UNESCO and Funarte, as well as making contributions of his own with numerous transcriptions and arrangements.

Some of Masciadri 2017-18 performances included performances in Italy, Spain, France, Scotland, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Canada, Slovenia, Croatia and the United States. In 2009, Dr. Masciadri received the title of Distinguished University Professor of the University of Georgia, the first faculty member in the fine arts to be so honored in 62 years and he also holds the title of "Accademico" of the Accademia Filarmonica in Bologna, Italy – Europe’s oldest musical educational institution. He has been awarded the Brazilian Medal of Honor for Academic Achievements for his musical and educational services to the people of Brazil, and in 1998 was designated an UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2011, he received the Knighthood honor of the designation of Il Cavaglieri di San Marco in Venice. In 2015, Masciadri was Awarded the Leonardo da Vinci World Award for the Arts by the World Cultural Council, the first musician to receive the award since its inception.

Masciadri performs on a 320 years old Testore double bass and appears in the International Who’s Who in Music.

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.

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 ( 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.

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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.

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. ​

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