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Registration is now closed for Curtis Summerfest 2014. Check back in the fall for information regarding Curtis Summerfest 2015.

Ranaan Meyer Wabass WorkshopParticipants can take their double-bass playing to the next level through the Wabass Workshop, featuring four days of intensive double-bass instruction led by Ranaan Meyer.

Music is a universal language, and the faculty at Wabass Workshop guides students to tell its story in different ways. Receive personalized, hands-on instruction from some of the best double bassists in the world, and gain valuable insights into classical repertoire, jazz, orchestral techniques, and general performance skills.

This concentrated workshop teaches participants how to improve their personal practice and become their own teachers, as they participate in master classes in which constructive critical feedback is encouraged from everyone.

Wabass Workshop faculty for 2014:

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Contact Brent Edmondson at brent@ranaanmeyer.com to discuss rates and availability. More information will be posted soon.

Flying with a double bass can be a confusing and trying experience. Below are some tips that will make it easier and safer for you and your instrument.

1) Flight case – Purchasing a flight case can run between $1,500 and $4,000, and is not an option for everyone. A good starting point for getting hold of one can be as simple as asking your teacher, who might lend you one if he or she is a symphony musician or a regular traveler (or may know a colleague who can do the same). The next step is to ask at local bass shops; many have rental policies on flight cases at a reasonable cost. Large bass shops like Robertson and Sons Violin Shop (robertsonviolins.com) can even ship a rental case to you.

2) Packing the bass – Airlines restrict checked luggage to under 100 lbs. If you are having trouble getting your case and bass packed for under 100 pounds, try removing the endpin, bow case, and any accessories (like a wheel). Each adds a pound or two. Carry these items with you or put them in your suitcase. If your flight case is complicated to open and close, be sure to leave instructions on the case proper opening and closing, and how to secure the bass. Print them and tape them to the front of the case with a nice friendly hello!

3) Airlines – There’s no question, the two best airlines to fly with a bass are Southwest Airlines (southwest.com) and Airtran (airtran.com). The two companies have merged and you can make all your bookings on Southwest’s website. With these airlines, checking a double bass costs $75 each way, and they are generally very friendly and familiar with basses. Other airlines, like Delta, are still viable but can cost much more money ($150 one way, or more if the case is over 100 lbs).

4) TSA inspection – It is your right to be present during a TSA inspection of your bass. Very politely ask, and if necessary inform them of your right, to be present for the inspection. They’re actually supposed to allow you to inspect it for them at their direction, but take what you can get and try to remain calm and pleasant. Some airports, like Houston’s Hobby (HOU) inspect on the tarmac, and you won’t be able to join them.

5) Arriving in Philadelphia – The Philadelphia airport is located less than 20 minutes from the Curtis Institute of Music. It is possible to get a van or SUV taxi from the airport to Curtis (rates vary by company).

Expense Resident amount Non-resident amount
Tuition $950 $950
Registration fee Early: $65
Late: $125
Early: $65
Late: $125
Housing and Dining $475 $116
(optional meal plan)
Total $1,490 $1,131

*Registration fee:$65 (through February 28) $125 (March 1—April 1)

Residential Check-in (Saturday, June 21)
3-6 p.m. Check-in, Dinner
6:30-9:30 p.m. Orientation (non-residents required to attend)
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Morning Bass Class
Afternoon Master Class and Outdoor Activity
Evening Practice/Lesson Time
Residential Check-out (Thursday, June 25)
8-11 a.m. Check-out, Breakfast

Is this program for jazz bassists or classical bassists?

Wabass is a workshop for all double bassists. Participants will gain valuable insights into classical repertoire, jazz, orchestral techniques, and general performance skills from a bass faculty with varied musical backgrounds.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration ends on April 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Limited space is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early!

Is an audition required?

No audition is required. However, the program is best suited for a bassist who has had at least two years of individual instruction.

Is the workshop suited to a specific age range?

There is no age limit or requirement, although we strongly recommend that participants be at least 14 years old.

Must minors be accompanied by a parent or guardian?

We strongly recommend that participants under age 14 be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We provide guardian room and board at $95 per night.

I am a parent. Can I stay at Lenfest Hall with my child?

Parents are welcome to stay on campus at a rate of $95 per night, per person. This fee includes three meals per day in our Dining Hall, as well as linens. To maximize your child’s experience, however, accommodations for parents and students are in separate suites.

Are scholarships available?

Curtis Summerfest does not offer scholarships . Students and parents are urged to seek financial assistance from local sources such as school music organizations; county, state, or national music education organizations; youth orchestras and bands; music clubs; service clubs (Rotary, Kiwanas, etc.); businesses; local churches; and foundations.

Are refunds available to those who must withdraw after registering for the workshop?

We offer no refunds of any kind, including for dismissal due to violation of rules or state, federal, or local laws.  There are no refunds for early departure. Exceptions may be made only in the event of a documented medical emergency, in which case room and board may be refunded on a prorated basis only. No participant will be admitted until all fees are paid in full.

What is the nearest airport? What are the transport options from airport to Curtis and back?

The only local airport with commercial flights is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). Taxis are generally the most efficient way to transfer back and forth and are the recommended option for any student aged 18 or under. The ride to the airport from Curtis takes about 25 minutes and costs $30. In special cases, Summer Program Assistants may be available to meet students at the airport and escort them in a taxi to campus. Adult students may wish to explore other ground transportation options.

Is Lenfest Hall a safe and secure environment?

The main entrance is at 1616 Locust Street, and is guarded 24/7. (At most times there also is a guard “roving” throughout the building.) Curtis students, staff and faculty may enter using turnstiles activated by swipe cards. Summerfest student residents will have access to private elevators to residential floors. Student residents are issued a personal security key card to swipe/enter their suite, and a standard door key to lock/enter their bedroom. Visitors will not be allowed during the duration of the program.

Is there co-ed living?

Students are housed in same-sex suites. Students are not allowed in opposite-sex suites at any time.