2024 Research Competition

Andrew Kohn, Professor of Double Bass and Music Theory at West Virginia University's School of Music, chairs the 2024 ISB Research Competition. There are two divisions for Professionals and Students. The biennial competition is open to all researchers.

Entries, submitted anonymously, are previously unpublished papers reflecting a high quality of scholarship in a wide variety of disciplines relevant to the double bass. Topics may be presented from any number of different perspectives or disciplines, such as historical musicology, classical or jazz performance practice, pedagogy, lutherie, iconography, biography and/or analysis, and may deal with subjects stemming from any period in the instrument's history up to the present.

The grand prize is $500 for each division, publication in the ISB's Online Journal of Bass Research, and an invitation to present the winning research papers at the 2025 ISB Convention, to be held June 2-7, 2025 at the Florida State University College of Music, Tallahassee, Florida.

Read the guidelines for the 2024 ISB Research Competition first, then go to https://app.getacceptd.com/isb and select your division from the dropdown menu to complete the online application. Entry fee is $60. If you are unable to pay by credit card, email .

The application will be live on September 1.

  • 2024 ISB Research Competition, Professional and Student Divisions — Guidelines

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