The Hartt School

Double Bass

When you study double bass at The Hartt School, you will receive comprehensive musical training.

About the Major

You will join a tight-knit community of artists who are perfecting their craft. Through personal attention and mentorship from Hartt’s accomplished faculty members, you will develop innovative ideas and career ready skills. Learn about the double bass program at Hartt, including undergraduate and graduate admission and audition requirements and faculty information.

Admission and Audition Requirements

In order to schedule an audition, the University of Hartford application as well as the Hartt Undergradute supplemental application must be completed.  Learn more about the undergraduate or graduate application process.

The Hartt School conducts live auditions and interviews for applicants on campus as well as in select cities around the United States. Applicants who reside more than 300 miles away from campus are eligible to submit a recorded audition. 

Bachelor of Music

  • An étude or one orchestral excerpt from the standard repertoire
  • Two contrasting solo selections (can include movements from sonatas or concerti)
  • Performance applicants should play at least one of the selections from memory.

Master of Music & Graduate Professional Diploma

All MM or GPD string applicants must audition with piano accompaniment for at least one work. If you require an accompanist for your audition, you may bring your own or request a Hartt accompanist. There is a $50 fee for a Hartt accompanist, which includes the audition and one 30-minute rehearsal (on the day of the audition). If you require an accompanist, you must notify Hartt Admissions at least three (3) weeks prior to your audition. Be sure to include your name, contact information, instrument, warm-up and audition times, and repertoire that requires accompaniment.

  • Two selections should be played from memory
  • One unaccompanied work or movement (from any period)
  • Two other works or movements in contrasting styles (One of the above selections must be a 20th or 21st century work.)
  • Three standard orchestra excerpts

Doctor of Musical Arts & Artist Diploma

All DMA and AD candidates must audition with piano accompaniment where appropriate. If you require an accompanist for your audition, you may bring your own or request a Hartt accompanist. There is a $50 fee for a Hartt accompanist, which includes the audition and one 30-minute rehearsal (on the day of the audition). If you require an accompanist, you must notify Hartt Admissions at least three (3) weeks prior to your audition. Be sure to include your name, contact information, instrument, warm-up and audition times, and repertoire that requires accompaniment.

  • Two selections should be played from memory

  • A complete concerto (from memory)

  • Two contrasting movements of unaccompanied Bach OR a substantial 20th or 21st century unaccompanied work.

  • One or two movements from a sonata OR a showpiece (the showpiece to be played from memory) One of the above selections must be a 20th or 21st century work.)

  • Five standard orchestra excerpts - (a list will be provided upon request)

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are experts in their field.

Robert Black

Robert Black's interests range from traditional orchestral and chamber music to solo recitals of cutting edge music, collaborations with actors, music with computers, movement-based improvisations with dancers, and live action-painting performances with artists. He has commissioned, collaborated, or performed with musicians from John Cage to D.J. Spooky, Elliott Carter to Meredith Monk, Cecil Taylor to Paquito d’Rivera, as well as many young emerging composers.

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