Student Registration: 

Two options for registration – both registration methods include options for meal tickets and tuition. Scroll down the page for more logistical information and FAQ.

1.By Mail

Registration closed for 2020 – Event Canceled

2. Online

Registration closed for 2020 – Event Canceled
due to service fees, a 5% surcharge will be applied to online applications 


Teacher Registration

– Registration closed for 2020, Event Canceled – 

All Teachers and university students interested in participating register with the foundation online by clicking here

For those interested in taking the class for credit, they will also register with Edgewood for desired amount of (1, 2, or 3) credits.

Edgewood Enrollment Instruction




Travel Notes

Students arriving by car: The UW Madison campus is best accessed via the John Nolen Drive or Park St. exit from the highway. Spring is the beginning of construction season on t he UW campus. Please use caution, as streets are often restricted to one way traffic. The Lake St. Parking Garage is the closest parking option for non Lowell Center hotel guests. If handicapped parking is required for a conference attendee please contact the executive director at least a week before arrival. Students arriving by bus: The Van Galder and Mega bus terminals are temporarily moved from Langdon St (Memorial Union) drop off and pick-up point to University Ave., in front of the Chazen Art Museum. It is a direct walking route to the Lowell/Pyle Centers via a bike/pedestrian walkway called East Campus Mall. Students arriving by plane: Please email or call conference organizers with your flight info at least 2 weeks ahead of the conference to arrange for a bass-friendly shuttle to the Pyle/Lowell centers.

Hotel Accommodations

You must make your own plans for housing/hotel accommodations. The Lowell Center is the closest hotel option. We have a block of rooms reserved for conference attendees until two weeks before the conference. Be sure to mention that you are part of the Richard Davis Bass Conference Group and you will be able to receive a discounted state rate.

To Book your hotel accommodations Call Lowell at : 608-256-2621, or Call toll-free: 1-866-301-1753 Or Visit them online at: (click on _Lodging, then scroll down to  Reservations and Availability, then click on online reservation system. Check Conference and Event Block Reservation, and follow instructions.  For Group Number, enter bass.)

A few families in the Madison area can host families or individual students for the weekend. Please contact the executive director no later than March 1,  if you are interested in this option. Please feel free to call or email with any questions regarding the application or hotel booking process.


Mealtimes – lunch and dinner – are shared by clinicians, staff, students and families to develop the familial atmosphere of this bass conference. Conference participants may choose not to have meals with the conference, however most families have found the conference more enjoyable when they are not hunting for meals while trying to be a part of a very full schedule.

Lunch and dinner are included as part of the conference meal fees, and those staying at the Lowell Center can take advantage of their complimentary breakfast. If there are severe dietary restrictions or concerns please indicate this on your registration form, and the professional catering staff at the Lowell Center may be able to accommodate.

Siblings and Families

This is a weekend for families as well as young bassists. Events are included for parents as well as students. Siblings are invited to bring their instruments and joining together to form a band. No cost for other family members, however families will have to pay for their meals as well. Families are highly encouraged to be an active part of the conference as well, including meals. Meals are an excellent opportunity to get to know other bass players, families, and clinicians. There is no charge for the evening concerts, although name tags will be required, to identify yourself as a young bassist parent or guardian. Siblings are encouraged to bring their own instruments to form a sibling band.


If you’re still having questions or concerns, please contact the executive director.