If you are interested in working with me and other great bassists, read about these programs below.  For additional questions please write to me at 



Young Artists Orchestra

July 2 – August 12, 2017

Set in the beautiful Berkshire mountains, Tanglewood is the summer home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, and BUTI.  I had the honor and privilege to attend BUTI in 1998 as a high school student, and it was such a powerful experience that it inspired me to want to audition and choose to attend Boston University’s music school, now the College of Fine Arts.  While a student at BU I studied with Edwin Barker, Principal Bassist of the BSO, and attended TMC in the summer of 2003.  I also performed with the Boston Symphony twice that summer, both in a side by side concert with the BSO/TMC orchestras and also as a guest for a BSO concert, a performance of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.  As my life comes full circle, I now have the opportunity to experience Tanglewood as a teacher, sharing my love of music and the bass with aspiring young players.  Bassists work with me and Brian Perry in lessons, sectionals, and chamber music.  There’s simply no place like Tanglewood.  Prepare to experience the unforgettable.

The Young Artists Orchestra (YAO) has earned the reputation as one of the preeminent summer youth orchestra training programs in the nation. Under the guidance of professional conductors, artist teachers, and Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) members, students experience high-quality training through intensive study and performance of orchestral and chamber music, private lessons, and master classes. 




DCBass, an intense, informative, and engaging double bass workshop will take place

June 19-24, 2017 at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD. Bass Faculty are Paul DeNola, National Symphony Orchestra member and faculty at American University, and Ira Gold, National Symphony Orchestra member and faculty at Peabody Conservatory. The faculty are eager to help launch your playing to the next level. Program will include private lessons, technique classes, orchestral repertoire classes, and solo masterclasses. In addition, each participant will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform a duet with one of the bass faculty. Acceptance is by recorded video audition only.

Recommended ages 18 and up.

Room and board are provided.

Application: Please email to the following information – name, address, email, current school, age, current and major teachers (last five years).  Please provide a short description of your ensemble experience.  There is no application fee.

Audition: no more than 10 minutes – include solo of choice and two excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.  Tracks may be separated.  Recorded video submission may be emailed directly to or upload your video to Dropbox and email us a link to view.  

Application and Audition must be received by March 19, 2017

Tuition:  $495

Rooms: Single ($90 per night),  Double ($45 per night)

Meal Plan: $170 (total for week)

Two merit-based scholarships for a tuition waiver will be awarded.

Scholarships do not waive room and board costs.  Students attending DCBass are expected to live on the Peabody campus for the week.

Enrollment will be limited to twelve students.

Accepted applicants will be notified before April 15, 2017.  

Excerpt materials for camp study and chamber music repertoire will be available once applicants have verified his/her acceptance to DCBass.

For any additional questions, please contact Ira and Paul at

Daily Schedule

10:00 – 11:00  Group Warmup and Technique

11:15 – 12:15 Lessons/Practice


1:00 – 2:30  Orchestral Repertoire Class

2:45 – 3:45  Lessons/Practice

4:00 – 5:00  Solo Masterclass


Bass Works 

July 23 – 30, 2017 

Bass Works welcomes bassists of all ages, levels, and abilities to attend an extraordinary program providing bass students with unique learning, community and performance opportunities on the grounds of Baltimore’s historic Peabody Institute. Now in its sixth year, Peabody Bass Works 2017 will present a diverse array of offerings for attendees in both the four- and seven-Day divisions. All applicants who have taken at least one year of private lessons, or who supply a note from their current teacher supporting their application, will be automatically accepted to either division.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in bass orchestra, chamber music, semi-private lessons, recitals, and more. A range of repertoire and curriculum ensures that students of all ability levels will both have fun and be challenged. Older students who are either already doing pre-professional work or who are considering musical careers will benefit from seminars and presentations on such topics as practicing, auditions, and careers in music. The week’s activities will culminate on the final afternoon with a thrilling concert that will feature all participants.

Questions?  Contact Bass Works at 443-840-6364, or by e-mail at

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2017 Orchestral Bass Workshop

Ira Gold – Founder and Artistic Director

Brent Edmondson – Operations Manager

Founded in 2016, The Orchestral Bass Workshop is an annual summer program for bass players interested in playing at the highest level, finding gainful employment in the classical music world, and making music with like-minded people. National Symphony Orchestra bassist and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Ira Gold presents technique and masterclass material over two days in August, hosted by Potter Violins.

Tuition and Application: Info coming soon!

Who can apply: All ages are considered, though it is recommended students be 18 and older.

Location: Potter Violins, Takoma Park, MD

Dates: August 26-27, 2017

Accommodations will not be provided, although recommendations and group rates may be offered. Camp tuition includes two days of classes and performance opportunities, lunch and dinner meals Saturday and lunch Sunday.

While admission is limited to 12 students, admissions are on a rolling basis, with final decisions being made by May 1st. Applicants are not required to (but are strongly encouraged to) submit a video link as part of the application.