Lee University’s School of Music (SOM) will host a double bass masterclass on Wednesday, Sept. 26 with guest artist Eric Hansen, followed by a recital. The masterclass will be held in the SOM Choral Rehearsal room from 4-6 p.m. and the recital will be held in the Squires Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Hansen is an associate professor of double bass in the School of Music at Brigham Young University (BYU).
Hansen has performed as Principal Bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Musik Barock Ensemble, the Talbot Chamber Orchestra, the Great Music West Festival Orchestra, and the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C. He has also been a section member with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony (VA), and the Baltimore Opera Orchestra.
He has worked with the National Symphony, the Wolf Trapp Theater, and as principal of the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa. Chamber music and solo performances have included the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Concert Artists of Baltimore, CBC Radio, and BYU Faculty Chamber Players, among many others.
As an educator and member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Hansen has presented at the 2005, and 2007-2012 National ASTA Conferences. In 2009, The Utah chapter of ASTA named him Higher Education Teacher of the Year.
As an active soloist, Hansen has performed recitals across the U.S., Canada, Austria, Czech Republic, China, Poland, and at the conventions of the International Society of Bassists. His teachers include Audrey Bush, Stuart Sankey, Lawrence Wolfe, Eugene Levinson and Harold Robinson.
From 2001-2011 Hansen was Director of the Symphony Orchestra at BYU. Since 2008 he has served as the String Division Coordinator and is currently the Director of the Young Ambassadors show band.
In addition to teaching, Hansen remains active as a soloist and clinician. He and his wife, Leanne, are the parents of six children. Hansen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, followed by two years of DMA studies at the University of Maryland College Park.
Both events are free to the public. For more information please contact Lee’s School of Music at 423-614-8240.