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.
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.