New England Conservatory Today 1
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Bass Instruction Since:
First Bass Graduate:
( To be identified – Format: Year, Name, Degree ) 3
Top tier American Conservatory ( more details to be added after a complete overview )
New England Conservatory
Andrea Kalyn ( since 2019 )
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A focused performance degree and a highest-level performance designation offered by NEC College.
A two year performance focused degree designed to offer a further specialization after an acquired graduate degree. Offered by NEC College.
A one year individually designed certificate program, designed to improve on all skills at all levels, suitable for candidates from pre undergraduate level, to post graduate levels. Offered by NEC’s School of Continuing Education.
A two year certificate program focused on performance specialization at any level, from pre undergraduate to postgraduate. Offered by NEC’s School of Continuing Education.
( A place to cite enrollment procedures and requirements for each degree, the selectivity standards, the chances for acceptance, along with the enrollment statistics. Data to be gathered by further research. )
( A place to cite the type and profile of stipends available for each degree. To be gathered by further research at NEC )
( The listing of all bass students who have realized themselves in professional world or otherwise distinguished in the career and life. To be assembled by research at the NEC alumni office, the careful perusal of all “The Neume” issues and by consulting the bass faculty )
( A place to list a cumulative number and type of bass degrees awarded including years the first BM, MM, and DMA were bestowed. Additional statistics on the other degrees, diplomas, and certificates awarded to bass students. )
Solo Bass Premieres:
( A place to list all the world and national solo bass premieres that took place at the NEC.)
( A place to list all the world and national ensemble premieres that relate to, or feature bass in a meaningful capacity, and which took place at the NEC. This registry is designed feature both the chamber music and the larger ensemble premieres. )
( A place to list all noted concerts that feature solo bass, whether as a single instrument, with piano or an ensemble accompaniment. This listing should feature all faculty, student or guest artist appearances at NEC. Samples below. )
February 22, 1985, 8:00pm
The Enchanted Circle Presents Edwin Barker, Double Bass:
Bach, J.S. Sarabande : from the Sixth violoncello Suite
_____( transcribed for 4 basses by Gunther Schuller )
Antoniou, Theodore. Like a cadenza : from Two likes : for Contrabass
Rorem, Ned. Back to Life for Counter-Tenor and Double Bass
_____(Boston premiere )
Perle, George. Monody II : for Solo Double Bass
Wilder, Alec. Sonata for String Bass and Piano
Bartok, Bela. 18 duos : from 44 duos for 2 violins
_____( transcribed for 2 basses by Ed Barker )
Recorded in Jordan Hall
January 7, 1970, 8:30pm
Faculty Recital Buel Neidlinger
An Evening with Me: Or, “the Present Day Composer Refuses to Die.”
Recorded in Jordan Hall
Details at Record Link
June 7, 1968, 8:30pm
Faculty Recital (featuring Garry Karr along the other faculty)
A Concert by New Members of the Faculty
Recorded in Jordan Hall
Details at Record Link
( A place to list all chamber music concerts of note with bass at NEC. Samples below. )
November 19, 2015, 7:30pm
Gunther Schuller : A Musical Celebration:
Schuller, Gunther.Quartet for 4 Double Basses
( Donald Palma, Edward Kass, Nicholas Myers, Moe Winograd, double basses )
November 1, 2010, 8:00pm
First Monday at Jordan Hall:
Beethoven, Ludwig van. Trio in G major, op. 1 no. 2
( The Boston Trio: Heng-Jin Park, piano ; Irina Muresanu, violin ; Allison Eldredge, violoncello )
Schuller, Gunther. Quartet for double basses (1947)
( Lawrence Wolfe, Donald Palma, Todd Seeber, James Orleans double basses )
Brahms, Johannes. Sextet in G major, Op. 36
( Malcolm Lowe, Glen Cherry, violins ; Dimitri Murrath, Julianne Lee, violas ; Paul katz, Blaise Déjardin, violoncellos )
Wininger, David. “Covering all the Basses – Quartet Plays Tribute to Schuller’s 85th” The Boston Globe 29 Oct. 2010: Online – Page Link
November 8, 1976, 8:30pm
Faculty Chamber Series:
Schubert, Franz. Quintet for piano and strings in A major, Op. 114 “The Trout”
( Nanchy Cirillo, violin ; Burton Fine, viola ; Laurence Lesser, violoncello ; William Rhein, double bass ; Leonard Shure, piano )
Dvorak, Antonín. Quintet for strings in G major, Op. 77
( Max Hobart, Nancy Cirillo, violins ; Burton Fine, viola ; Laurence Lesser, violoncello ; William Rhein, double bass )
Recorded in Jordan Hall
November 18, 1969, 8:30pm
An Evening of Chamber Music by Students of the New England Conservatory
Schubert, Franz. Octet in F major, Op. 166
[ the student bassists not indicated in the record ]
Recorded in Jordan Hall
Details at Record Link
( A place to list all noted school orchestra concerts, and particularly those that in some way may relate to bass. These could be the concerts with bass solos within the symphonic repertoire, or the NEC guest appearances outside the Boston in the other national and international halls. )
( A place to list all noted jazz concerts, whether faculty or student, and invovling any type of ensemble. A place to cite all guest appearances of noted and famous jazz bassists too. )
( A place to cite all national and international competitions that took place at NEC and that featured bass in any capacity )
( A place to offer performance related statistics on the number of bass recitals, chamber music concerts and the student orchestra concerts at NEC. )
( A place to cite all Bass Master Classes on record. All sources at NEC to be consulted for a comprehensive listing that may later be summarized in a small paragraph to corroborate this section. Samples below. )
( A place to list all standard bass courses, such as Individual Bass Lessons (specify the lesson lengths and profile), orchestra bass classes, bass pedagogy course (if offered) and other courses related to bass. )
( A place to list all special courses related to bass currently offered, or have been offered in the past. Courses such as individual studies and research projects, and likewise various other collaborations that may have included bass, and of which records exist )
( A place to list all summer bass courses and session affiliated with NEC or the NEC bass faculty. A place to mention NEC Summer Orchestra Institute, or Tanglewood Summer Session, if led by current NEC bass faculty. )
( A place to cite all bass methods and etudes written by the present and former NEC bass faculty. Examples below. )
Moleux, Georges E. 30 Studies for Double Bass. New York: Baron, 1949.
[ written during the tenure of Georges Moleux at NEC ]
Portnoi, Henry. Creative Bass Technique. S.l.: Published by arrangement with the American String Teachers Association, 1978.
[ written during the tenure of Henry Portnoi at NEC ]
( A place to list all orchestra studies manuals that may have been written by bass faculty of NEC, or if none extant, the field can be omitted. )
( A place to list all national and international string and other pedagogy conferences that have featured bass and that took place at the NEC. )
( A place to list all bass related theses written at NEC )
Calkins, Susan L. A History of Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory, 1969-2009: The Legacy of Gunther Schuller. D.M.A. Thesis, Boston University, 2012. Thesis Summary
[ This thesis may likely contain Schuller’s involvement with jazz and classical bassists. Further check needed. ]
New England Conservatory of Music Articles. , 1884. – Record Link
[ This source may contain some articles that refer to bassists affiliated with NEC? Further research should elaborate on the content of these articles. ]
( A place to cite all faculty, student and guest lectures of relevance to bass that took place at NEC )
( A place to cite all faculty and student papers of relevance to bass that were produced at NEC )
( A place to list all other citations in any printed or online source that may refer to any person or activity related to bass and NEC )
( A place to cite all bass editions that have been produced by either faculty or students while affiliated with NEC. These can be the original solo or chamber music bass compositions, or the bass arrangement editions of known works for other instruments. )
( A place to cite all musicology, theory, organology or other scholarly conferences that may have offered a bass scholarship content at NEC )
( A place to cite all NEC printed histories. Examples below. )
Railey, Julia H. The New England Conservatory of Music, 1867-1927. Boston: publisher not identified, 1927.
Miller, Eleanor L. The History and Development of the New England Conservatory of Music. B.M. Thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 1933.
The Conservatory and What It Offers. Boston, Mass. : New England Conservatory of Music, 1938. (6 pages only)
Concert by the Conservatory Orchestra: In Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the Conservatory and the Fortieth of the Organization of the Orchestra : Jordan Hall, February the Nineteenth, 1942 : Boston, Massachusetts. Boston: The Conservatory, 1942.
FitzPatrick, Edward J. A History of the New England Conservatory of Music. , 1967.
McPherson, Bruce, and James Klein. Measure by Measure: A History of New England Conservatory from 1867. Boston: New England Conservatory of Music, 1996.
Gandre, James. And Then There Were Seven: An Historical Case Study of the Seven Independent American Conservatories of Music That Survived the Twentieth Century. Ed. D. Thesis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2001.
Calkins, Susan L. A History of Jazz Studies at New England Conservatory, 1969-2009: The Legacy of Gunther Schuller. D.M.A. Thesis, Boston University, 2012.
( A place to cite all other books that may offer information on bass faculty, students and bass related activities at NEC )
( A place to cite all other articles that may offer information on bass faculty, students and bass related activities at NEC. This is the place where all Boston Globe and the other Boston papers that mention NEC bass faculty, students and their activities should be cited )
( A place to cite all lectures that took place anywhere which may have mentioned bass activities or personalities related to NEC )
( A place to cite all papers written outside of NEC and which address bass activities or personalities related to NEC )
( A place to cite all Interviews with NEC bass faculty, students or other bassists that took place at NEC or relate to NEC, whether featured locally, nationally or internationally. All formats to be featured, including newspaper, other print, radio, modern blog or some other online format interviews. )
( A place for all other citations from any source that may pertain to bass activities at NEC )
( A place to cite all online pages that present the school, its history and activities. Commonly those will be Wikipedia pages, the available encyclopaedic entries, free scholarly articles within various blogs and likely other sources. )
Located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of NEC’s Student Life and Performance Center, the Blumenthal Family Library holds one of the major music collections in the United States, including over 150,000 volumes of scores, sound and video recordings and books about music, as well as subscriptions to all of the major music journals and electronic music databases. In addition, the library archives and special collections boast a rich treasure of manuscripts, 1st editions, personal papers and recorded performances of many of the great composers and musicians who have taught and performed at NEC over the past 150 years.
( A place to cite all bass related autograph scores at NEC. Samples below. )
( A place to cite all extant bass legacies at NEC. Samples below. )
Buel Niedlinger – Former NEC Bass Faculty – Personal Papers
( A place to offer an overview of the Instrument Collection and its bass instruments. To be included also bass gambas or any other period bass instruments that may be part of it. There are some records of a bass by Bergonzi that were mentioned as a part of this collection in the NEC annual bulletins, and it would be nice to find out if this instrument is still with the collection. The other bibliography on collection cited below. )
Burnett, Betty. A Catalog of the Collection of Ancient Instruments Owned by the New England Conservatory of Music. M.M. Thesis, New England Conservatory of Music, 1967.
( A place to feature all NEC facilities in detail for prospective bass students and curious souls alike. To include an overview of the main building history, the Jordan Hall and other performing spaces, as well as the new Student Life and Performance Center )
NEC Concert Halls
NEC Student Life and Performance Center
• Gensler – The NEC SLP Center (many nice photos)
• AnnBeha Architects – NEC SLP Center (many nice photos)
( A place to present historical drawings, paintings, photos and other representations of NEC bass faculty )
( A place to present historical photos of bass students at NEC. Example below. )
New England Conservatory Orchestra (1920s-1930s) – Photo
[ Bass Professor Max Kunze visible on the far left as the leader of the NEC student bass section ]
( A place to present historical images of NEC buildings and facilities. Examples below. )
NEC Building (early 1920s) – Photo
NEC Building (early 1930s) – Photo
NEC Building (1930s) – Photo
1. The old NEC Main Building built in 1901 at the right, with the new 2017 NEC Student Life and Performance Center (in red bricks) visible at the left. A view from Huntingon Avenue.
The New England Conservatory of Music, Opening Announcement, 1867, as mentioned at Mountney, Virgina Ruth. History of the Bachelor’s Degree in the Field of Music in the United States. DMA Thesis, Boston University, 1961, p. 195, where an instructor of contra-bass is mentioned – Download Link
Annual Catalogue and Circular of the New England Conservatory of Music. Boston Music Hall, Boston, Mass, February, 1868. Boston: Printed by Edward L. Balch, 34 School Street. p. 2 Page Link, where Mr. August Stein is cited as faculty on Contra-Basso. It is likely that the first bass instructor at NEC in its founding year of 1867 was also Mr. Stein, although the fact may need to be corroborated by a direct research at NEC. Otherwise, Mr. Stein later became the Principal Bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra thus establishing a long tradition of BSO bass teachers at NEC that continues to this day. A small biography of August Stein is offered by the BSO – Bass Principals – Stokowski.org
3. The bass instruction in most schools and conservatories that took place prior to the second quarter of the 20th century may not have been performance degree related, or actually profiled for majoring in double bass. So it would be of value to find when exactly was the first Bachelor Degree in bass conferred at NEC, and likewise, what other degrees may have been awarded to bass students prior to that time.
Beta Posted: February 4, 2021