UW-Whitewater Bass Fest Clinic

UW-Whitewater will host its 11th annual Bass Fest. This event is a fun and exciting way to learn more about the bass. Bassists and bass enthusiasts of all ages from beginners through collegiate and adult levels are welcome. 

Date: January 12, 2019


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Registrations accepted online until noon on 1/10/19. We do accept walk up registrations at event check-in, if space is available.

Fee: $60

T-shirt (optional): $12.66

Limited t-shirt sizes will also be available at check-in for $15.00.

Fees Include

The event fee includes instruction and insurance.


Early cancellations will receive a full refund minus 10% cancellation fee if the cancellation is requested 7 days prior to the camp. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows or registrants sent home for disciplinary reasons.  All cancellation requests must be submitted to cesevents@uww.edu; provide registrant's name and event session. Refunds will be returned to name and address of payer.

What to Bring

  • Bass
  • Bow
  • Rockstop
  • Rosin
  • Stool
  • Bag lunch or money.  Restaurants are within walking distance.
  • Registrants Under 18: A Clinic Health Information Form to check-in.

Health Form

Please bring a completed Clinic Health Information Form to check-in on the first day of your session, if under age 18. 

Clinic Health FormClick to download.

Check In

Registrants may check-in at 8:00 a.m. at the Greenhill Center of the Arts.

Driving Directions

Directions to the campus can be found online by clicking here. A campus map can be found here.


Parking permits are not required on the weekends to park on campus.   You can park in lot 1 on the corner of Main Street and Prince Street.  More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.

Registration Terms & Conditions

By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.

Be aware that we advise you to leave all non-essential, portable electronic devices at home (iPod, iTouch, cell phones, etc), but ultimately it is your decision. We will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items and we do not have open Wi-Fi for electronic devices.

Bass Fest will feature technique classes of varying ability levels, classical master classes, jazz master class and discussions/ classes on varying aspects of double bass playing. The day will culminate with a recital featuring the Bass Ensemble made up of the day’s participants and teachers.

Vince Jesse from the Double Bass Workshop in Madison will be on hand to do small repairs (new string installation, sound post/ bridge adjustments, endpin work, etc.). Vince will also have new and used basses as well as bass accessories available for sale. 


8:50 a.m. Welcome
9:00 a.m. Technique Classes
10:00 a.m. Bass Ensemble Rehearsal
11:30 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
12:30 p.m. Jazz Techniques 
1:30 p.m. Technique Classes
2:30 p.m. Master Class (student performances)
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Bass Ensemble Rehearsal
4:30 p.m. Bass Ensemble Recital

*All times are subject to change

Masterclass Participants

Students of any ability level are welcome to perform a solo piece during the master class at 2:30 p.m. Students who wish to play should bring solo music they know or are currently working on. There will be a sign-up sheet when you arrive.

Skill Level

Classes will be held and participants will be placed with others based on their level of ability (i.e. middle/high school or college, adult-amateur or adult-teacher).


Bradley Townsend

StaffBradley Townsend holds a Master of Music in Improvisation from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with Diana Gannett. Brad teaches string bass, improvisation, and conducts jazz combos as well as the alternative styles ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to playing with many notable artists, Brad performs with area ensembles such as the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Oakwood Chamber Players, Rountree Ensemble, Executive Tea Set, and Arp of the Covenant. His recordings have been reviewed in All About Jazz and the All Music Guide.

Mark Urness


Mark Urness is a versatile bassist, composer, and educator. His diverse performance experience encompasses orchestral, chamber, jazz, salsa, and solo playing. Recent performances include appearances with Jazz greats Art Lande, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Howard Levy, Russ Johnson, and Joe Locke. He is heard frequently on Wisconsin Public Radio as a chamber musician and soloist. He was awarded First Prize in the International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition and performed with Bill Mays and Tim Froncek at the 2001 ISB Convention. Mark is currently an Assistant Professor at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Mark received a Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Northern Iowa, and studied music and computer science at the University of Iowa.

Katie Ernst


Katie Ernst is a musician, composer, and educator in Chicago, IL. As a bassist and vocalist, she has performed at jazz festivals throughout the country, and has received critical acclaim for her "Little Words" project, and original song cycle inspired by the poetry of Dorothy Parker. She studied double bass under James VanDemark and Jeff Campbell at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  More information at  www.katieernst.com.



Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.

Special Notice

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.

If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.

Registering for this event you understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will  be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events.  You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.