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International Virtual Bass Conservatory

Classes for the International Virtual Bass Conservatory will begin on October 24th!  


For all those who are not in Texas, you could have the opportunity to work with experienced teachers from anywhere in the world and enhance your bass technique through the International Virtual Bass Conservatory!  

We've not only adapted to it but also recognized the numerous advantages that online teaching offers in the field of performance. We are excited to present a refreshing approach to double bass technique instruction through a blend of group learning, combining synchronous and asynchronous remote education. 

After successfully transitioning to the online realm, we've not only adapted to it but also recognized the numerous advantages it offers in the field of performance. We are excited to present a refreshing approach to double bass technique instruction through a blend of group learning, combining synchronous and asynchronous remote education. 


Our program encompasses: 


  • Technique 

  • Bass Chamber Music 

  • Practice Strategies 

  • Audition Preparation 

  • Orchestra and Solo Performance 


This innovative approach combines assigned tasks and lectures with interactive group lessons via Zoom, as well as smaller groups for in-depth, personalized instruction—simulating the benefits of an in-person lesson. Video assignments are thoughtfully scheduled alongside synchronous activities and receive weekly feedback to facilitate your technique development. 


Furthermore, besides the expertise of our esteemed faculty and guest artists, our students enrich their learning experience by mentoring one another in a remote setting. Classes are conducted through Zoom, ensuring active engagement in weekly sessions guided by professionals from the DFW Metroplex: Jose Saavedra Diaz and Bob Lee Simmons. Additionally, we have the privilege of hosting world-renowned guest artists, including Jeff Bradetich, Gudrun Raschen, Dominik Wagner, Andrew Williams, Gabriel Ramon, and more, for exclusive masterclasses. 


The Virtual Bass Conservatory not only aims to enhance students' technical progress but also their appreciation and enjoyment of music. As we embark on our third year, following triumphant years of online teaching, the IVBC continues to leverage online resources, enabling bass players worldwide to refine their technique, regardless of their location. 


To ensure accessibility and accommodate various schedules, our classes will be structured based on Fall attendance. Our first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th. The class will start with a dedicated technique hour, followed by two small groups (Groups A and B). In preparation for this meeting, a video submission will be required to determine group placements. 


We look forward to welcoming you to the International Virtual Bass Conservatory and helping you reach new heights in your bass-playing journey, regardless of where you are in the world!  


Fall Semester 2023




1, 8,
14, 29 


6, 13, 20*



6:00pm - 6:40pm Beginner / Intermediate Bass Class
5-minute Break

6:45pm - 7:15pm Combined Bass Class
5-minute Break

7:20pm - 8:00pm Advanced Bass Class

Classes will be organized according to playing level. Group A meets for 40 minutes at 6 p.m., followed by the 30-minute Group Class starting at 6:45 p.m. Subsequently, Group B meets for 40 minutes at 7:20 p.m.  

Registration for Bass Conservatory of Dallas

To enroll follow these steps:

1. Fill out this Registration Form.

2. Pay for your semestral or monthly tuition

3. Email a screenshot of your payment, or a photo of the check, to

About Our Classes

Group A

Groups A and B will facilitate focused, in-depth instruction for students at similar stages of their skill development. Topics covered throughout the semester: 


  • Technical Exercises  

  • Orchestral Excerpts 

  • Practice Strategies 

  • Chamber Music 

  • Solo Playing 

Group Bass Class

This segment of our weekly sessions aims to explore pertinent topics of the bass world and explore a diverse range of musical subjects, encompassing: 


  • Masterclass Excerpts 

  • Solo Masterclass 

  • Music Theory 

  • Improvisation 

  • Music History 

  • Double Bass History 

  • Double Bass in the XXI Century  

  • Jazz Double Bass  

  • Memorization 

  • Goal Setting 



Each class will be flexible throughout the year to best suit each student’s needs. Students are encouraged to invite friends to participate since these classes are more beneficial with more participants.  

Webinar, Mock Audition, Chamber Music & Final Performance

The grand finale of our program, the Final Virtual Concert, is set to take place online on December 20th. This concert promises to showcase the chamber music and solo repertoire that has been meticulously prepared throughout the semester. It will feature not only individual performances by our talented students but also pre-recorded chamber ensembles. 


Mock Audition 


As an integral part of our curriculum, we strongly encourage students to study Orchestral Excerpts. Over the course of thirteen sessions, participants will immerse themselves in a diverse array of musical styles, dive into different articulations, and refine techniques to gain a deeper understanding of orchestral music. To put their newfound skills to the test, a mock audition will be conducted during the first week of December. The standout performer in this audition will be rewarded with a special prize generously sponsored by Lemur Music. 



Tuesday, November 14th 


History of the Double Bass: Anton Torello, the Spanish bass school of Barcelona, and its impact on American double bass playing, by Jose Saavedra 

Important Dates: 


Applications Open: Oct 6th 

Webinar: Nov 14th  

Mock Audition: Dec 5th  

Dress Rehearsal: Dec 13th 

Concert: Dec 20th 


Weekly sessions cost $35, this amount including your participation in the Group Lessons, Small Groups, and Masterclasses. Materials are not included. 


  • Monthly: depending on the number of sessions in each month. Payment in advance is due by the 3rd of each month. 


  • 8-WEEK program: One single payment for the semester $280.  

Paying in advance for the semester will allow you to receive a $10 discount. 

Monthly Costs

*Payment in advance is due by the 3rd of each month*







All payments can be processed through:


Venmo: @bradetichfoundation - “IVCB Tuition”


Check payable to: Bradetich Foundation and mail it to:

1155 Union Circle #310143
Denton, TX 76203

For more information, please email:

The IVBC will NOT accept weekly payments. In case of absence, make-up lessons are not offered, nor are refunds/credits offered. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis in case of illness, accident, or emergency.  

Contact Information

If you are interested in attending the International Virtual Bass Conservatory if you have questions about the program, please send an email to or visit our social media, like, follow, and DM us!  

The Bass Conservatory of Dallas,  and the International Virtual Bass Conservatory, are programs sponsored by the Bradetich Foundation. 

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