Submit Your Proposal to Present at the International Society of Bassists 2017 Convention

The convention will take place on the campus of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, from Tuesday, June 6, 2017, through Saturday, June 10, 2017.
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We are pleased to invite you to submit a proposal to present at the ISB 2017 Convention. Your proposal may be for either the general convention schedule, and/or the ISB Young Bassists Program (ages 8-18), chaired by Gaelen McCormick. The convention will take place on the campus of Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, from Tuesday, June 6, 2017, through Saturday, June 10, 2017. We anticipate over 1,000 bassists, exhibitors, collaborative musicians, family members and guests from around the world to attend the concerts, seminars, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, masterclasses, exhibits, Young Bassists Program, and ensembles for non-professional bassists.

In addition to the convention, the ISB will be holding competitions on Monday, June 5, 2017 and Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in solo, jazz, orchestral, and young bassist performance, as well as the ninth biennial ISB Maker's Competition.

As a non-profit organization that puts all revenues back to work for our membership, we are unable to reimburse travel expenses. Additionally, we do not pay appearance fees to any bassists - one of the ISB's long held and guiding principles. We are grateful for the many presenters over the years who have donated their time, travel, and talent as a way of giving back to the worldwide bass community. Presenters do receive a complimentary convention registration for the week, plus badges for their non-bass playing guests and family members at no charge.

We expect to receive a large number of proposals for the ISB 2017 Convention, and we will make every effort to accommodate as many presenters as possible. Typically there are many more submissions than there are slots, so we may not be able to accept every proposal for the first draft of the schedule. We do maintain a standby list to fill in when there are cancellations. You might also consider submitting a joint presentation with a fellow bassist. If you would like to research past presentation topics, go to the Online Resource Library, where you can click on and view searchable PDFs of convention programs going back to the 1980s.

If you are interested in appearing at the ISB 2017 Convention, please complete the online proposal form no later than Thursday, September 15, 2016. We hope to have the convention schedule assembled by November 15th, and that we'll be seeing you next June at Ithaca College!

Suggested Topics / Themes
-Recitals, master classes, ensembles
-Individual technical development, warm-ups, rigorous daily practice approaches
-Pedagogy, practice strategies, learning models
-Outreach and cultural connections through music
-Mind-body, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Pilates, etc.
-Career development, auditions, excerpts
-Historically Inspired Performance Practice, musicology, research
-World music and its connection to culture
-Improvisation, new music, alternative performance modalities
-Electronic applications, theatrical pieces
-Career advice, the business of music

-Panel discussions / interviews with bass legends and rising stars 

To Submit and For More Information Visit: International Society of Bassists