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USU Bass Festival

2020 USU Bass Festival

Saturday, March 14th,  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Utah State University Fine Arts Center, Logan

Cost: $25  Early Registration ($40 beginning February 15th)

Lunch included in registration cost

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Registration fee can be paid via PayPal

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 (Note that your payment receipt will say USU JEN Chapter Membership)

The USU Bass Festival will take place on Saturday, March 14th 2020 at the Utah State University Fine Arts Center. The festival is an annual event that provides bassists a chance to work with performers and educators from around the world and is open to bassists of any age and experience level.

Festival activities include masterclasses, technique workshops, guest artist performances, and the opportunity to perform in a bass choir.

Click the links below to download and begin practicing the two bass choir pieces. Each pdf has four parts included so please choose the part that best suits your skill level.

BACH Choral #3 Bass Quartet
The Pink Elephant Bass Quartet

This year’s guest artist is Berlin Philharmonic bassist Edicson Ruiz.

Edicson Ruiz is one of most successful bass soloists of the present time, and his virtuosity impresses audiences the world over. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Warsaw Chopin Festival, and has performed concerts in major metropolises such as New York, Berlin, Tokyo and Madrid.

Edicson RuizAt the age of 15, Edicson Ruiz took first place at the International Solo Bass Competition in Indianapolis, USA.One year later, in 2001, became the youngest member of the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic. During this time, Edicson Ruiz won a job at the Berlin Philharmonic. He has premiered numerous works written for him by composers such as Heinz Holliger, Rudolf Kelterborn and Roland Moser. His chamber music activities have led him to close relationships with Anner Bylsma, Heinz Holliger, Elliot Carter, Maurice Bourgue, Klaus Thunemann, Sabine Meyer, Lars Vogt and Jörg Widmann. He has recorded numerous CDs with Berlin Philharmonic, which emphasize his passion for the music of the 18th century. International television productions also bear witness to his versatile achievements.

Exclusive artist of Thomastik Infeld
Doublebass: Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi 1754
Bow by H. R. Pfretzschner 1930

Students desiring to participate in the activities throughout the day must register using the link above and pay the registration fee. The performance at 4:00 pm is free and open to the public. Participation in all aspects of the festival is free for full-time USU students.The evening performance by Edicson is free for students grades 3-12. Adult tickets are available at

Schedule (subject to change)

9:00 Check-In

9:30 Technique Workshop

10:30 Bass Ensemble Sectionals/Rehearsal

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Masterclass

2:00 Bass Ensemble Sectionals/Rehearsal

3:00 Interview/Q&A

4:00 Festival Performance

5:00 Dinner Break

7:30 Edicson Recital (free for grades 3-12)


For questions related to the festival contact USU Bass Professor Braun Khan at


The USU Bass Festival is part of the Caine College of the Arts Visiting Artists and Scholars Series and is underwritten by the Marie Eccles Caine Foundation – Russell Family, the Tanner Charitable Trust, other generous donors, and Differential Tuition provided by the students of the college.