ISB Convention

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Thanks to our 2021 Convention Lead Sponsor the University of Nebraska — Lincoln School of Music.

Being mindful of our future's uncertainty and with an abundance of caution, the ISB has decided to move the 2021 convention online to keep our presenters, attendees, and guests safe. Our goal is to recreate, as closely as we can, the traditional in-person ISB convention, including virtual after-hour bass hangs with friends, and a virtual exhibit hall. Keep your calendars marked for June 8-12, 2021, and watch this space and your email inbox for more news!

Over 150 concerts, lectures and masterclasses

  • Flexible daytime schedule! Watch what you want, when you want during and after the convention week
  • Live Zoom chats with presenters
  • Keynote address by Joseph Conyers
  • Young Bassists Program
  • Virtual exhibit hall, make one-to-one appointments with your favorite shops and makers
  • Virtual new instrument exhibition
  • Panel discussions
  • Live 80/90 birthday celebration for François Rabbath, Gary Karr and Frank Proto
  • Morning body work & yoga
  • Connect via live chat during evening "ISB After Hours" nightly hangs
  • Virtual College Fair

Live evening announcements and watch parties for our headliners:

  • Gary Karr
  • Linda Oh
  • Xavier Foley
  • Nilson Matta
  • Phoebe Russell
  • Rufus Reid with Sullivan Fortner
  • Bozo Paradzik
  • Renaud Garcia Fons with Claire Antonnini
  • Roman Patkolo
  • Jorge Roeder with Sofia Rei


2021 Registration

Whether you're a current member, lapsed, or never been a member before, we've got a registration option for you! Register before Thursday, May 20, 2021 to ensure you can attend the concerts, seminars, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, panel discussions, masterclasses, Young Bassists Program, etc.

Young Bassists

2021 Young Bassists Program

The Young Bassists Program at the ISB 2021 Virtual Convention will continue the tradition of offering the most amazing program available for young musicians of high school age or younger, in a rich and supportive atmosphere. We are committed to the future of the bass, and young bassists are that future. This year, students will come together online for a week of intense and exciting virtual music-making!