College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Double Bass Studio

Welcome to the Classical and Jazz Double Bass Studies at CU

Dr. Paul Erhard, Classical Bass Professor
Bijoux Barbosa, Jazz Bass Instructor

Thank you for visiting us today.  The CU Double Bass website gives you an overview of what we do here in the College of Music.  Please contact Paul Erhard, classical bass, or Bijoux Barbosa, jazz bass, with any questions you may have about studying at CU as either an undergraduate or graduate student.

Double Bass Studies at CU combines world-renowned faculty with the spectacular Colorado Rocky Mountains to provide a stimulating learning environment within the highly nationally-ranked CU College of Music.  Classical double bass students receive comprehensive training in solo literature and orchestral excerpts.  Chamber music study at the College of Music is headed by the Grammy award-winning Takács String Quartet.  Jazz bass students receive double bass lessons in the classical area as well as in the award-winning CU Jazz Studies Program, recognized 15 times in the past decade by DownBeat Magazine for excellence in improvisation, arranging, composition, and ensemble performance.  The College’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music enhances music training in the rapidly evolving music industry by teaching skills that help students learn to promote themselves as artists.  College of Music graduates hold positions in full time orchestras, major universities, and chamber and jazz groups nationally and internationally.

Bijoux Barbosa and Paul Erhard 

Professor Paul Erhard’s active national and international work as a performer, teacher, and collaborator with leading double bassists world-wide provides CU bass students with a uniquely broad perspective on the double bass profession. Professor Erhard has enjoyed a richly varied career as a principal double bass in a number of orchestras, a classical soloist, a jazz bass player, and more recently a performer of music of India.  He has been a judge at many international double bass solo competitions where he hears some of the best young double bass players in the world.  His music training has been with famous double bass pedagogues including Homer Mensch at Juilliard, James VanDemark at Eastman School of Music, and Georg Hoertnagel and Franz Ortner at the Music Hochschule in Munich, Germany.  Professor Erhard draws upon these musical experiences as he guides the CU bass students in the development of the art of double bass playing necessary for success in careers as performers and teachers.

Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa provides CU Jazz Studies double bassists with excellent training in jazz and latin styles. Bijoux’s career as a bass guitarist and double bassist began in his native Brazil, and continued for six years in Caracas, Venezuela, where he worked with many well-known artists.  Since arriving in Denver in 1997, Bijoux has established himself as one of the most sought after bassists in the Colorado region. He is one of the top studio musicians in Colorado, and can be heard on over 300 recordings in Jazz, Folk, Bluegrass, Pop, Country, Blues, Brazilian, Rock, Fusion, and Big Band.  Bijoux has performed with a wide array of stars including Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour.

Scholarships and Grad assistantships available

Double Bass Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Classical only)
Jazz Studies Certificate 
Master of Music in Performance (Classical only)
Master of Music in Performance and Pedagogy
Doctoral of Musical Arts in Performance