Performance opportunities are available throughout the year with the Symphony Orchestra, the Jazz Lab Bands, the Double Bass Seminar, recital class, chamber music recitals, etc. Double bass students will have pianists assigned to accompany them in recitals and/or exams.
Every other year, string students will have the opportunity to participate in the William T. Gower Competition. In 2009, Patricia Silva, a double bassist from Brazil working on her master’s degree, won first place in the competition and was soloist with the symphony orchestra. The bass studio was very well represented!
Several regional orchestras hold annual auditions. Some of them are:
- In Gulfport, MS: Gulf Coast Symphony: www.gulfcoastsymphony.net
- In Meridian, MS: Meridian Symphony Orchestra: www.meridiansymphonyorchestra.com
- In Jackson, MS: Mississippi Symphony Orchestra: www.msorchestra.com
- In Mobile, AL: Mobile Symphony: www.mobilesymphony.org
- In Pensacola, FL: Pensacola Symphony Orchestra: www.pensacolasymphony.com