Foundation News
March 31, 2016 Register Now for North Texas Bass Camps

The Early Registration Deadline for the North Texas Summer Bass  Camps is fast approaching (May 2). We hope that you will encourage your bass students of all levels to take advantage of the unique learning opportunities these camps provide and of the financial savings the early registration offers.

Each year the North Texas Bass Camps welcome students from all across Texas, throughout the US and from many international locations providing a strong and positive learning environment. Students receive detailed technical training, orchestral concepts, solo playing that allows for maximum personal growth and the ever-important ensemble experience that helps them grow as musicians.

September 8, 2015 North Texas Bass Camp Photos

Photo's from the 2015 North Texas Bass Camp have been uploaded. You can view them by clicking on the link :
Thank you to Jack Unzicker for capturing all these great moments and memories..we hope to see you all at camp next year!!!

February 18, 2015 13th Annual Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists

The Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program will accept only 5 participants to study with Jeff Bradetich. Thanks to the generous support of Pirastro Strings, this program offers free tuition, room and board. The Pirastro company will also supply participants with free strings.To qualify, students must have a number of solo works ready for study and performance. To apply, send a CD or DVD of two different solo works to: Jeff Bradetich, 1155 Union Circle #311367, Denton, TX 76203 by March 15th, 2015 For more info, please visit:

Bradetich Master Classes

June 6-10, 2016

The Bradetich Master Classes (29th Annual), held at the University of North Texas, are one of the longest running events of their kind in the U.S, offering a highly concentrated week of study for aspiring bassists. Participants, who come from four continents as well as all corners of the U.S., receive optimum individual and group instruction in every aspect of double bass playing. The classes include daily two-hour sessions dealing with technique, orchestral repertoire, interpretation of solo literature, and bass ensembles rehearsed throughout the week. All full participants have the opportunity to perform with piano accompaniment and are videotaped during the solo classes. The master classes end with a grand finale concert featuring ensemble performances by the participants and solo performances by Jeff Bradetich and various guest bassists. These unique master classes are open to well qualified high school and college students, young professionals, string teachers and older individuals who seek to rejuvenate their love and knowledge of the double bass.

Additional Information can be found at:

Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp

June 8-10, 2016

The Beginners and Intermediate Bass Camp (16th Annual) is designed for any aged beginner or intermediate player providing lots of playing and lots of fun. Students are challenged to expand their technical capabilities, to develop their musical expression and to learn about the repertoire, history and maintenance of their instrument. Students study with some of the top teachers of young bassists in the country and perform together in a grand finale Bass Bash Concert.

Additional Information can be found at:

Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program

June 17-24, 2016

The Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program (14th Annual) runs for five days. The Pirastro Strings sponsorship provides for free tuition, room and board for the 5 students selected by audition to study with Jeff Bradetich. Daily lessons and solo classes are held in a highly individualized program with a focus on developing an artist’s level approach to solo performance. To qualify, students must have a full program of solo works ready for study and performance. Participants in the program include current members of the National Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the National Symphony of New Zealand, the Singapore Symphony, the Ft. Worth Symphony and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Deadline March 2016

For yearly schedules and enrollment, contact Bass Camp Coordinator, at

Mittenwald, Germany International Master Classes

August 1-6 2016

Set in the idyllic Bavarian village of Mittenwald, Germany, the Mittenwald International Master Classes (10th Annual) offer an exciting week of kontrabass study with Jeff Bradetich. The week offers intense technical training, concerts, solo master classes, bass ensembles, improvisation and performance workshops and bass orchestra concerts in the streets of Mittenwald. Mittenwald is the home of Pollmann basses and a tour of the workshop is included. Special guest artists from Europe participate each year. Major sponsors for the International Master Classes are Pöllmann Basses and Pirastro Strings.

For complete information, visit:

Hammond Ashley Memorial Double Bass Workshop


The Hammond Ashley Memorial Double BassWorkshop (19th Annual) is held at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, offering advanced classes with Max Dimoff, principal bass of the Cleveland Orchestra and Jeff Bradetich. Beginner, intermediate and adult classes are taught by Todd Gowers, Ben Musa, and Miriam Chong. Technique building, ensemble playing, orchestral excerpts, jazz classes and basic theory are taught throughout the week in addition to faculty and student concerts.

Contact Todd Gowers at:


Hong Kong International Bass Camp

2015 Dates TBA

The 5th Hong Kong International Bass Camp will be held in Hong Kong, China and is open to all levels of bass players from all Asian countries. The camp stresses technical development, solo playing and bass ensemble playing. Major teachers include: Jeff Bradetich, David Lee and Pichan Vonghemrat.

For complete information, contact:

Workshops and Master Classes are also held throughout the year at various locations throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. Please check this page for regular updates.