Joseph Conyers is the assistant principal bass for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and will be a faculty member during the Wabass Workshop beginning on Sunday, June 16, 2013. Get to know him before the program begins!
1. What is the most memorable part of your career?
What is the most memorable part of my career? The days I won my jobs! Each day as a musician, was preparation for the next, and those days simply felt like validation of my efforts.
2. Are there other composers/artists you feel a special affinity for and whose music you like to play and record? Who are they?
My favorite composer is Brahms. Not just because he writes great bass parts, but because his music is the perfect intersection of harmony, counterpoint, and musical expression.
3. What is your favorite non-music-related thing to do?
4. Do you have any pets?
5. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
To most people, probably Chitterlings…. Or better known where I come from, Chit’lins. It’s the cooked lining of pig intestines and are a soul food staple.
6. What advice do you have for young, aspiring musicians?
Be passionate about what you do. Passion is there for you when all else fails, and it will get you through the “rainy days” of being a musician (of which there will be some…).