At the Southern Miss Double Bass Studio, you will experience the highest standards
of performance in both classical and jazz areas. Bass lessons are weekly (50 minutes)
individual sessions, and you are expected to work on technical exercises, etudes,
excerpts, and solos. Dr. Machado's primary objective is to adequately prepare you
to a successful professional career by developing technical facility and artistic
In the past 12 years, the Southern Miss Bass Studio hosted important pedagogues
and performers in workshops, residencies and the renowned Bass Symposium. Most notably,
bass students had the opportunity to work with guest artists François Rabbath, Frank
Proto, Catalin Rotaru, Gabriele Ragghianti, Thierry Barbé, Craig Butterfield, Yung-chiao
Wei, Jeff Bradetich, Paul Ellison, Michael Cameron, Miloslav Hrdlik, John Pena, Oscar
Stagnaro, and Paulo Gomes.
If you are a prospective student, please browse the information posted online and
be sure to register for an audition day. Scholarships and assistantships are available
but are highly competitive. Apply before December 1 to have a better chance of receiving
some financial assistance. Please feel free to contact Dr. Machado, if you have any
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. Also, every other year, string students will have the opportunity to
participate in the William T. Gower Competition.
Several regional orchestras hold annual auditions, including the Gulf Coast Symphony, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.