ISB 2019 Convention Presenter — Gaelen McCormick

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Name: Gaelen McCormick
Presentation Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Lecture 1
Presentation Title: Duets in the Classroom/Studio
Type of Presentation: Lecture/Performance
Musical Style: Pedagogical

Ms. McCormick was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic’s double bass section from 1995-2017. Since losing her hearing in 2017, Gaelen has forged a new career path as a composer, arranger, executive director of Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, and is the inaugural Program Manager for the developing center for performing arts medicine at the University of Rochester.

Teaching students of all ages is a significant part of Gaelen’s life. She is a faculty member (double bass) of the Eastman Community Music School. Through the  Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music, she teaches career skills for use on- and off-stage. Since 2014, she has been organizing and teaching the Rochester Bass Retreat, a workshop for all ages of players. She is a regular clinician at the NYSSMA Winter Conference.  Her double bass bow pedagogy series, Mastering the Bow, is
published by Carl Fischer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International
Society of Bassists, and is the editor of their Bass World magazine’s teaching column.

Gaelen holds degrees in performance from the
Eastman School where she studied with James VanDemark and Carnegie Mellon
University where she studied with Jeffrey Turner.

Program (if available): Not Provided