As Professor of Bass, Ricard Davis saw, first-hand, how young bassists were arriving at their college auditions less prepared, less advanced, and not competitive for scholarships, than their upper string peers. In 1993, Richard Davis set out on a mission to change that.
Not accepting the status quo situation, Richard started the foundation to better prepare bassists for entrance into university music schools. What started out in his own basement, as a weekly get-together and small-ensemble coaching session for eager young players, has grown to a 15+ faculty group that welcomes numerous young players each year.
Although the group may have grown in size, the spirit and mission remain the same.
We have some special things planned for the 2018 Bass Conference:
To celebrate the 25 years of Richard’s efforts, volunteer executive directors, faculty performance and teaching, student learning, and family bonding
New FILM !
The Rosalind & Alfred Berger Foundation has donated funds exclusively to preserve this moment in history by making a short documentary film. The film will be cataloguing oral histories from bass conference family and friends to capture the impact of the Richard Davis Foundation, and Richard’s teaching legacy.
LIBRARY Archive & Exhibit Feature
Mills Music Library and Memorial Library are partnering with RDYB to present a special exhibit for the month of March. This exhibit digs into the archives to peek back at the last 25 years (or more!) of great bass connections in Madison, WI. You’ll have to see for yourself. Open during normal library hours.
GREAT location for faculty concert
Literally ! Our Friday night concert is at Memorial Union’s (800 Langdon St.) Great Hall this year ! “A Concert for Richard”, the conference faculty concert will be on: Friday, March 30 @ 7pm. This concert is free for conference attendees and donors, and a number of tickets will be available to the general public. Reserve yours today – Buy Tickets!