Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp

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15th Annual Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp

June 10-12, 2015

Registration Deadline: May 1 (Late Registration with Fee)

University of North

Beginning and Intermediate players of the double Bass will join the North Texas Bass Camp on Wednesday, June 11 for three days of fun, participation and instruction.  Playing, practicing and performing will abound and students will enjoy the week-ending game of “Double Bass Jeopardy.”   Participants will have the opportunity to work with Mr. Bradetich as well as outstanding teachers Jessica Gilliam-Valls – Austin, TX, and Carlos Gaviria - Stephen F. Austin University.


Jessica Gilliam-Valls: double bassist, cellist, recording artist, producer, educator, wife and mother.  The Austin-native musician exemplifies the ubiquitous artistry of a true music lover, heeding to no one genre, discipline, or stage. Ms. Gilliam-Valls studied at The Oberlin Conservatory and went on for a Masters of Music in Double Bass Performance at the Manhattan School of Music and now a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. She has shared the stage with a dozen orchestras including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra, Tosca Tango Orchestra, and Orqestra da Radio e Televisao Cultura in Sao Paulo, Brazil where Ms. Gilliam-Valls was principal bassist. She has appeared regularly with chamber ensembles, tango and bluegrass bands, in studio recording sessions, on film soundtracks, television and radio jingles, and popular festival stages around the world. She is presently a faculty member at The Austin Chamber Music Center, The Girl’s School of Austin, and Huston-Tillotson University. An invited performer at the 2007 and 2009 International Society of Bassists Convention, she is a regular guest artist and clinician at the North Texas Bass Camps, the Austin Chamber Music Workshop  and the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, among others.

Carlos Gaviria currently serves on the faculty of Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches Double bass and Music Theory. A native of Cali, Colombia, Carlos began his musical education at the Conservatorio Antonio Maria Valencia. While in Cali, Mr. Gaviria joined the Orquesta Sinfonica del Valle, where he spent three seasons performing as a bass section member.

Gaviria came to the United States on a scholarship to study at the University of North Texas, where he completed the B.M. and M.M. While at UNT, he worked as a teaching assistant to the world-renowned bass teacher Jeff Bradetich. He is currently a doctoral candidate in double bass performance at the University of Houston, where he studies with Dennis Whittaker.

Gaviria is currently a member of Symphony of South East Texas and has performed regularly with many ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of San Angelo, Abilene, Irving, Plano, University of North Texas, and University of Houston. He also has been a member of festival orchestras, including the AIMS orchestra in Graz, Austria, Cali de Camara, Colombia and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.

Gaviria is a dedicated pedagogue and was active as a bass instructor in the Dallas and Houston areas for several years; many of his students have been placed in All-State orchestras and have gone on to be accepted into music programs at major American universities. He has taught at the Abilene Summer Music Festival and at the Bradetich Annual Summer Bass Camps since 2009, and he has presented master classes at UT Panamerican and Universidad del Valle in Colombia . Additionally, Gaviria has taught music theory and ear training classes at the University of North Texas and the University of Houston. He currently resides in Houston, where he maintains a full private teaching studio.


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North Texas Double Bass Camps are proudly sponsored in part by:

Rumano Solano Basses
Pirastro Strings
Robertson and Sons
Kansas City Strings
Cincinnati Bass Cellar
AES Fine Instruments

Lemur Music
David Gage String Instruments
Liben Music
Lisle Violin Shop
Nick Loyd Basses
JD Hill Music