33rd Annual Bradetich Double Bass Master Classes

June 15-19, 2020 (check-in June 14)

University of North Texas

Instructors: Jeff Bradetich, Jack Unzicker


The Bradetich Master Classes is one of the longest running events of its kind in the U.S. These classes offer a highly concentrated week of study for aspiring bassists. Participants, who come from five continents as well as all corners of the U.S., receive optimum individual and group instruction in all aspects of double bass playing. Former students hold orchestra and teaching positions throughout the world. The classes include daily two-hour sessions dealing with technique, orchestral repertoire, and the interpretation of solo literature. In addition, bass ensembles are rehearsed throughout the week. All full participants will have the opportunity to perform with piano accompaniment and will be videotaped during the solo classes. The master classes end with a grand finale concert featuring ensemble performances by the participants. These unique master classes are open to well-qualified high school and college students and young professionals. Also welcome are string teachers and older individuals who seek to rejuvenate their love and knowledge of the double bass.




Arrival – Departure: Registration/check-in will be at 6 pm on Sunday, June 14 and the final concert ends at approximately 9:15pm on Friday, June 19. If necessary, students may stay overnight Friday night and depart on Saturday morning for an extra housing fee.

Two levels of participation are available:
Two levels of participation are available: Full Participant: (Limit 25) Participate in all sessions and perform in solo classes. The participants are expected to be able to play three-octave scales; have good knowledge of thumb position; be able to play solo works of at least the difficulty level of the Eccles Sonata or the Dragonetti Concerto.
Auditor: No instrument. Will attend all sessions and take part in discussions

Previous guest artists:

Andreas Bennetzen

Leading performer and composer from Copenhagen, Denmark

Rachel Calin

Winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Recipient of a Karr Foundation Double Bass.

Francisco Catala

One of the premiere solo artists in Spain.

Miriam Chong

Bass specialist from Tacoma, Washington.

Maximilian Dimoff

Principal double bass of the Cleveland Orchestra.

Gottfried Engels

Prominent German orchestral performer and teacher.

Luis Gomez

Leading Latin American double bass soloist.

David Heyes

Teacher, performer, and publisher from London.

Thomas Knific

Western Michigan University

Thomas Lederer

Principal bass of the Dallas Symphony and Double Bass professor at SMU.

Mark Morton

Winner of the 1990 ISB Solo Competition and Professor of Bass at Texas Tech University.

David Neubert

Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin and former director of the ISB.

Irena Olkiewicz

Leading bass teacher and performer in Poland.

Sonia Ray

Leading bass advocate, teacher and performer from Brazil.

Catalin Rotaru One of the leading soloists in the world. Professor at Arizona State University.

Paul Sharpe

Double bass professor at the North Carolina School of the Arts & formerly at Texas Tech University. Winner of the Aspen Concerto Competition.

Anthony Stoops

Double Bass professor at the University of Oklahoma, Co-winner of the 1995 ISB Solo Competition. Recipient of a Karr Foundation Double Bass.

Hans Sturm

Double bass professor at Ball State University. Jazz recording artist, composer, and world music performer.

Dennis Whittaker

Double Bass professor at the University of Houston. Principal of the Houston Grand Opera. Recipient of a Karr Foundation Double Bass.

DaXun Zhang One of the worlds great solo artists. Professor at the University of Texas.


For more information, click on the links above for printable flyer or camp registration form, or contact Bass Camp Coordinator at untbasscamp@unt.edu.

North Texas Double Bass Camps are proudly sponsored in part by:
Rumano Solano Basses
Pirastro Strings
Lemur Music
Bradetich Foundation
University of North Texas College of Music