Professor Brian Powell
Double Bass Instructor
Double Bass Professor at UM
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Professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy

Brian Powell is the assistant professor of Double Bass and String Music Pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and a Masters degree in Teaching from Indiana University, and he is a doctoral candidate at the College–Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. His is a former member of The New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. He has also performed with the Louisville Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Powell has received recognition in several solo competitions, including winning the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass Solo Competition.

As an educator, Mr. Powell taught string students from the elementary to collegiate levels, working with well over two hundred string students every year. He was formerly the director of orchestras at Eastern High School in Louisville, Kentucky, and on the string faculty at Bellarmine University as their double bass instructor. He orchestra at Eastern was selected to perform at the KMEA State Convention in 2004 and 2011. In 2009, he was selected Jefferson County’s High School Music Teacher of the Year. Mr. Powell has presided as President of the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and he remains an active performer and clinician throughout the United States.

Teaching Specialization

♦ String Pedagogy and Advocacy: promoting a self–sustaining interest in orchestral music in public schools and the greater community.
♦ Advancement of Performance Methods and Literature for Double Bass
♦ Professional Double Bassist (Orchestral and Classical Solo Repertoire)
♦ Music Educator
♦ Orchestra Conductor
♦ Member of the Radnor Duo (Karen Lord–Powell, violin)

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