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Wabass Institute 2015

Wabass Institute at the Charley Creek Foundation Wabash, Indiana

June 21-27, 2015

Hear what alumni are saying:

"Highly recommend Wabass to any bassist. Ranaan, Hal, and Eric are wonderful people. The atmosphere is top notch, full of musicians who are at the forefront of bass playing and teaching. As a future school teacher, the things I learned last summer still to this day spark my curiosity to reach newer heights on the bass, string playing and pedagogy, and music making. I am incredibly fortunate to have attended the Institute, and I'm already looking forward to applying for 2014!"

-Dennis B.

Where to begin...

"WABASS...In one week I end up learning more about my own playing, my strengths and my weakness, than I do in a year.  Being able to spend one on one time with the instructors is extremely inspiring and motivating.  Also being able to work with all of the other fantastic bass players there makes for extremely fast problem solving.  After working with the instructors I end up having enough new concepts to incorporate into my playing to keep my busy for years.  I can't say enough good things about this program and the Charley Creek Foundation for hosting this extraordinary week full of great times and great food."

Wabass is a unique performance institute located at the idyllic Charley Creek Gardens in Wabash, Indiana. The tuition-free summer institute is led by three of the music world's most exciting bass players, Harold Robinson (Philadelphia Orchestra), Eric Larson (Houston Symphony) and Ranaan Meyer (Time For Three, Ranaan Meyer Band, and founder of Classical Jam Band Camp and Wabass). Wabass is an intensive, one-week summer music camp exclusively for double bass players ages 14 and up, covering the entire spectrum of bass playing from basic techniques to classical, jazz, and orchestral excerpts. Activities include private lessons with all three teachers, master classes, faculty recital, student recital and guest lecturers.


Applying to Wabass Institute: Click Here to Apply

Upload an Unlisted Youtube video and send us the link with your best ten minutes.  Any and all styles of bass playing accepted and encouraged. 



Some examples of what to submit:

For Classical:
2 contrasting works from solo bass literature.
A few orchestral excerpts.

For Jazz:
2 contrasting tunes from the standard jazz literature.
In any order, perform the melody (head), take a solo (as many or few choruses as you wish), and lay down a mean bass groove.

•DUE by February 1, 2015
•$75 application fee
•Choose what best demonstrates your ability and do NOT exceed 10 minutes total!
•When uploading a video to Youtube, choose the "Unlisted" privacy option and send us the link.  Do not set to "public."


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Harold Robinson

Internationally acclaimed artist, Harold Hall Robinson is currently the principal contrabassist with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Prior to this, Mr. Robinson spent ten seasons as principal bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra, eight seasons as associate principal of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and three seasons as principal of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. A prize winner at the 1982 Isle of Man Solo competition, Mr. Robinson has performed concertos with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, American Chamber Orchestra and the Greenville South Carolina Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Robinson is known for his outstanding recitals and master classes throughout the United States. Mr. Robinson is currently on the faculty of Curtis Institute.

Ranaan Meyer


Ranaan Meyer is a double bassist redefining the career path of a professional musician. His work runs the gamut from appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra to Joshua Radin, and all points between. Ranaan began playing the double bass at age 11 and has worked with many of the double bass's greatest teachers, including Rufus Reid, Hal Robinson, Gary Karr, Neil Courtney, Larry Grenadier and many more. His studies at the Curtis Institute of Music led him to the formation of the trio Time for Three with fellow students and violinists Nick Kendall and Zach DePue. Currently in their fourth year of residency with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Time for Three has shattered the concept of genre by playing styles as diverse as Baroque music and hip-hop, sometimes in the same composition! In addition to writing and arranging their own music, Time for Three's commitment to creating new repertoire has brought them to collaborations with major contemporary composers. They recently returned to Carnegie Hall to present Concerto 4:3, written for the group by Jennifer Higdon and performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This season also marked the premiere of William Bolcom's Games and Challenges, a groundbreaking collaboration between Time for Three and the Indianapolis Symphony. When not performing with Time for Three, Ranaan Meyer spends his time building Ranaan Meyer Entertainment, a company dedicated to the universal education of double bass players. Through summer camps Wabass Institute and Wabass Workshop, Ranaan works with the most promising students and professionals in the world every summer. Recently, Ranaan began publishing The Next Level Bassist, a free online journal that is dedicated to bass education. Ranaan recently received a Community Partner grant from the American Composers Forum to compose 10 pieces for student musicians in disadvantaged areas, and will be conducting residencies on those pieces beginning in the fall of 2013. As an advocate for the arts the Philadelphia area, Ranaan has given keynote speeches for Musicopia and The Recording Academy Philadelphia chapter.Ranaan currently performs on a Cavani double bass made in Italy circa 1892 and a Reid Hudson bow. Committed to enhancing his live sound, Ranaan has developed a new system for amplification. His setup includes a Mackie 12 channel mixer, an Ernie Ball volume pedal, and a Digitech Bass Driver. Ranaan uses a Fishman Full Circle pickup and DPA d:vote bass microphone to amplify his sound.

Eric Larson

Double Bassist Eric Larson has been a member of the Houston Symphony since 1999. Originally from Westminster Maryland, Larson received his early training from Owen Cummings, a member of the Baltimore Symphony, and pursued undergraduate studies with Edwin Barker at Boston University, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance. Before moving to Houston, Larson did his graduate work with the Philadelphia Orchestra's Hal Robinson. While living in Philadelphia, Larson was Principal Bass of the Haddonfield Symphony, and taught at the Settlement Music School.
Eric Larson has participated in the Tanglewood, Grand Teton, and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals, as well as the National Orchestral Institute. As an avid teacher, Larson currently spends his summers in Western Massachusetts teaching double bass and coaching chamber music at the Boston University-Tanglewood Institute.​

Sponsored by: ​
Halloran Philanthropies click here
Shank Strings click here
Located at Charley Creek Gardens click here
and hosted by The Charley Creek Foundation

Wabass FAQ
-My child is 14, can he/she apply to Wabass?
Yes, bass players ages 14 and up can apply to Wabass Institute. There is no upper age limit.
For Wabass Workshop, there is no age limit, although we strongly recommend a minimum age of 12 with an exceptional attention span.
-Do I need to accompany my child if he/she is a minor?
For Wabass Institute, parents are not required to accompany children. We welcome family members to our recital at the end of the week.

-When is the Wabass deadline?
Wabass Institute application deadlines are announced at the same time as the dates for the program. Typically the deadline is set at February 1st.

-What are the audition requirements?
The Wabass Institute requires an UNLISTED video submission on Youtube. This video must be no more than 10 minutes in length.  There are NO repertoire requirements, but below are some suggestions.
For Classical:
2 contrasting works from solo bass literature.
A few orchestral excerpts.
For Jazz:
2 contrasting tunes from the standard jazz literature.
In any order, perform the melody (head), take a solo (as many or few choruses as you wish), and lay down a mean bass groove.
Wabass Workshop does not require an audition. By applying to the Wabass Institute, you will automatically be considered for Wabass Workshop. Admission is determined on a first-come, first-served basis.
-How do I post my video for my Wabass audition?
On Youtube, sign in and go to “Upload video.” Select the video you want to upload, and before uploading, set the privacy setting to “Unlisted”  This is very important, as “Private” videos cannot be viewed by the faculty. Public videos can be easily searched for and viewed by people other than the faculty, and we strongly discourage applicants from leaving videos public until the admission process is complete. Be sure to include a link to your unlisted Youtube video with your application, as they cannot be searched for. If you forget, your videos will be available in your account on Youtube.
If you need additional help in uploading videos, please consult Youtube’s help documents.