Welcome to the CU double bass studio!
Bass students at CU study in depth the art of solo, orchestral, and chamber music double bass performance. During their time at CU, students focus on rich, resonant and lyrical tone production, moving around the fingerboard with effortless left-hand dexterity, playing with a strong sense of rhythm, cultivating awareness and control of pitch, and most importantly finding one’s own unique voice for musical expression. Students have the opportunity to develop these skills through weekly private lessons, studio performance and technique classes, symphony orchestra, and chamber music.
At the heart of the bass studio at CU is a mission to enable each undergraduate and graduate student to be expressive and creative, find their musical voice and learn to play with confidence and strength. There is a spirit of camaraderie among double bass students that creates an environment that is supportive, while at the same time pushing each student to achieve their best. The well rounded curriculum of the College of Music and the double bass studio give our students a broad technical and musical foundation for achieving success in careers as double bass performers and pedagogues.
Professor Paul Erhard’s experience as a performer and teacher in the USA and Europe provides CU double bass students with a broad perspective on the art of double bass performance. Professor Erhard has had a richly varied career as principal double bass in a number of orchestras, classical recital and concerto soloist, jazz bass player, and performer of improvised raga music of India. He has been a judge at numerous international double bass solo competitions, and has taught masterclasses at leading music schools in the USA and Europe. He has a Masters and Doctorate from The Juilliard School, and an Bachelors from Eastman School of Music. Professor Erhard draws upon these musical experiences as he guides the CU bass students in their development as soloists, orchestral players, and improvising double bass artists. See a performance with Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano Margaret McDonald or view Dr. Erhard's full bio.