Academy Double Bass Major

Interlochen Arts Academy boarding high school offers student double bassists a program of pre-professional music training and college preparatory academics. Double bass students graduate well-prepared for the rigors of study at the university and conservatory level, and those in the studio music program graduate prepared for work in the commercial world.

The double bass course of study is designed to provide for technical and musical growth according to the individual needs and abilities of each student.

The double bass major requirements include:

Private Lesson and Studio

Students are to organize their practice time in order to master their assignment of scales, etudes, orchestra music and solo repertoire. Each student’s assignment will be individually determined based on the student’s experience and goals.


Vade Mecum by George Vance 
Bowing Technique for Double Bass, vol. 1 by Klaus Trumpf
Simplified Higher Technique for Double Bass by F. Petracchi
Kreutzer Etudes arr. for bass by E. Nanny 
110 studies for Double Bass by W. Sturm 
Gradas ad Parnassum by F. Simandl

Alumni: Where Are They Now?

DaXun Zhang, University of Texas at Austin, Silk Road Tour with Yo-Yo Ma
Yung Chiao Wei, Louisiana University
Ju-Fang Liu, Principal Bass, Indianapolis Symphony
Yi Jung Su, National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwan
Jordan Frazier, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Kirsten Bruya, Principal Bass, Minnesota Symphony
Colin Corner, Principal Bass, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Matt Brewer, International jazz artist
Neal Miner, International jazz artist
Mike Thurber of YouTube fame, "Human Jukebox"
David Sheets, Baltimore Symphony


Derek Weller

Instructor of Double Bass, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Double Bass Institute

M.M., B.M., Performance, University of Michigan; Interlochen Arts Academy graduate