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Paul Ellison Named as Visiting Artist

Paul Ellison Named as Visiting Artist
Paul Ellison works with USC Thornton musician Margaret Hasspacher.

Renowned double bass performer and chamber musician Paul Ellison will join the USC Thornton School of Music double bass faculty as a visiting artist this fall.

Ellison is the newest member of the double bass faculty, coming on the heels of David Allen Moore’s full-time appointment.

The announcement was made by Midori Goto, strings department chair and holder of the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin.

“We are thrilled to have another distinguished artist and teacher on our faculty,” Goto said. “This will demonstrate USC Thornton’s commitment to the highest caliber of pedagogy for our strings students.”

As one of the world’s leading teachers and performers of the double bass, Ellison will join a string faculty which includes Moore, cellist Ralph Kirshbaum and violist Donald McInnes, among others.

“I am excited to be in the company of these gifted strings students as well as such an accomplished strings faculty,” Ellison said.

Performing solo and ensemble concerts in addition to giving master classes on the double bass and period instruments on four continents, Ellison is the Lynette S. Autrey Professor of Double Bass and chair of strings at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He has been a guest tutor at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England.

Ellison has held positions such as principal bass of the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Aspen Festival Orchestras and the Grand Teton Music Festival. He has taught at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and the Festival Domaine Forget in Quebec.

At BASS2010 Berlin this fall, he will judge, perform and hold a master class. Many of his former students hold titled positions in major ensembles and institutions of higher learning on five continents.

As a USC Thornton alumnus and now member of its bass faculty, Moore is also the newest member of the bass section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Moore has performed in the Houston area with the Greenbriar Consortium and was a featured clinician at the 1999 Texas Double Bass Symposium.

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