Entries by Catherine Harris

Lvovsky Zwei Stucke now available!

Unfortunately, not many bassists have heard of the composer and bassist Bretislav Lvovsky, or played his works. Thanks to RDYB Clinician Ben Ferris’s recent re-publication (and performances) of Lvovsky’s “Zwei Stücke” (Two Pieces) for Double Bass and Piano, and research into the dark history behind why this piece fell out of publication, this doesn’t have […]

2023 Conference Schedule

Thursday Diana Gannett Residency Recital: Thursday Night 7.30PM, @ Art Lit Lab (111 S. Livingston St.) – Free for all bass conference participants & families, unticketed and open to the general public as well. Friday Young Bassists Conference: Starts 9AM at the Pyle Center (702 Langdon St.) – open to pre-registered conference participants (young bassists […]


Analog – At Home – Bass ! This year, the annual bass conference will look a bit different.  How it works: young bassists age 3-18, sign up by March 22. We will mail you a special bass box to guide you through this year’s conference. Your box has been created by RDYB clinicians – it […]

April 2020 Bass Conference Canceled: University COVID-19

To the whole extended RDYB Family:  Unfortunately the April 2020 Richard Davis Foundation Bass Conference is canceled.  The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced  that it will be suspending all in person teaching through April 10, at a minimum due to the COVID19 coronavirus pandemic. This will also impact the conference centers for all events. The Pyle center has been an […]

Letter from a Parent of a Young Bassist

This says it all – Received from a parent of a young bassist April 26, 2019. (This letter was edited to remove students names.)   Dear Richard Davis Bass Conference Clinicians, Organizers and Participants, We are completely humbled and honored by our experience at the 26th Richard Davis Bass Conference. Our kids, the youngest bassist […]

2019 Student Recital FAQ

  What exactly is a recital? At the Richard Davis Young Bassists’ Conference, recital is usually given solo or with piano accompaniment. Our wonderful accompanist, Beth Wilson is a highly in-demand professional pianist in the Madison area who has been accompanying bassists for over 25 years (Ps. Her own son is a bassist too!).  Who […]

Featured Alumni – Cooper Schlegel

A recent post quoted Victor Wooten’s mama via his website: “What does the world need with just another good musician? We have plenty. What the world needs are good people!”  – I can say with confidence that Cooper Schlegel  is one of those good people, (and a good musician too!) I’m truly grateful to know him as a […]

Help set Richard’s legacy in stone – Literally.

Go-Fund Me Campaign – Historical Marker on Richard Davis Lane  Many will join me in saying that knowing Richard, through his teaching or otherwise, has left an impression on our lives. Help make his impact known for generations to come by contributing to an historical marker being placed on newly dedicated Richard Davis Lane, in Madison, […]

Pre-Bass Conference Bass Concert Opportunity

On Thursday, April 18th – the eve of 26th annual Richard Davis Foundation for Young Bassists Conference (RDYB) – the Victor Wooten Band & the Wooten Woods Experience will be playing at the Wisconsin Union Theater – just down the block from the Pyle & Lowell Centers on Langdon St. If you’re in town that night, it’s […]

2019 Featured Alumni

This year Paul Kowert will be featured as a distinguished alumni for the Richard Davis Foundation’s 26th annual bass conference. We are very pleased that he can make it back! Paul Kowert grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Upon graduating from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, he joined the band Punch Brothers and moved […]