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. 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.
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. See a performance with Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano Margaret McDonald or view Dr. Erhard's full bio.
Since 1994, the CU College of Music has hosted double bass festivals with guest artists from the United States and Europe. The 14th ROCKY MOUNTAIN BASS FESTIVAL FOR ORCHESTRAL AND JAZZ BASS was held Oct. 2, 2016, with guest artist Tom Knific, professor of double bass at Western Michigan University.