Welcome to the Texas Hill Country Bass Collective
Welcome to the new homepage for the Texas Hill Country Bass Collective. Our goal is to promote the love of double bass,
of music, and help develop young musicians in central Texas.
Welcome Dr. Jessica Gilliam-Valls
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica Gilliam-Valls has joined the board of directors and the executive committee
of the Texas Hill Country Bass Collective. Dr. Valls is a long time friend and collaborator with the collective and we are
excited about having her join us. Welcome Dr. Jessica Gilliam-Valls:
A versatile performer of many genres, double bassist Dr. Jessica Gilliam-Valls can be heard playing all over Central Texas and
throughout the United States in orchestral settings, chamber music groups, tango bands, choral ensembles, recording sessions,
and in unique solo venues. A faculty member at Southwestern University, Huston Tillotson University and most recently,
the Austin Community College, she is the founder and director of The Austin Bass Workshop, now in it’s fifth year.
Dr. Gilliam-Valls formal studies include Juilliard, Oberlin, The Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin,
where she completed her Doctorate in 2010.
2019 Austin Bass Workshop
Join us July 22 thru July 25 for our 6th annual Austin Bass Workshop at the amazing
McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy.
Come join your friends from the Texas Hill Country Bass Collective for four days of music, bass, and fun.
July 22-25 2019
McCallum High School & Fine Arts Academy
5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, TX 78756cost: $300 per Student
Private lesson at camp: $50
Registration will open soon
This years featured guest Artist is none other than:
Prof. Dennis Whittaker
Professor of Double Bass at the University of Houston, Dennis Whittaker wears many hats as a professional bassist and
educator. He is the Principal Double Bassist for the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the Bass teacher and String Chamber
Music Coordinator for both the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and the Texas Music Festival, and is a
nationally-known bass pedagogy consultant. He has appeared on nine world premiere compact discs with the Houston Grand
Opera, various recordings with Houston artists, and on recordings as principal Bass with the Festival dei Due Mondi
in Spoleto, Italy.
He was the winner of the Gary Karr Foundation National Double Bass competition in 1987. He has performed recitals,
concerts and master classes in Japan, China, Italy, Amsterdam, Germany, Switzerland, Los Angeles, Oklahoma, Missouri,
Kansas, Texas and Louisiana.
To learn more about Mr. Whittaker, please feel read his complete bio on our guest artists page, or visit his website:
If you have any questions please email us at:
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