Masterclasses & Workshops

Each season, the Richmond Symphony hosts a number of masterclasses, workshops and demonstrations with Richmond Symphony musicians and guest artists. These interactive sessions provide students the opportunity to learn from (and sometimes perform for) world-class artists. These sessions are scheduled throughout the season and are open to the public.

Double Bass Day with Joseph Conyers – March 24, 2019

at the Dominion Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Please join us for a day of double bass masterclasses and workshops! Participation is free!



Joseph H. Conyers was appointed assistant principal bassist of The Philadelphia Orchestra in 2010 after tenures with the Atlanta Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and Grand Rapids Symphony where he served as principal bass. A 1998 inaugural semi-finalist and 2004 Sphinx Competition laureate, Joseph has performed with numerous orchestras as soloist across the country. An avid chamber musician and artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he tours internationally. Joseph was the 2018 recipient of the C. Hartman Kuhn award – the highest honor bestowed upon a musician of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and was also the inaugural recipient of the 2015 Young Alumni Award from his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music.  A formidable advocate for music education, he is executive director of Project 440 (– an organization that engages, educates, and inspires young musicians, providing them with the career and life skills they need to develop into tomorrow’s civic-minded, entrepreneurial leaders.  He is also the music director of the All-City Orchestra which showcases the top musicians of the School District of Philadelphia.  Joseph, on faculty at Temple University, is a frequent guest clinician and lecturer presenting across the country from Yale University to The Colburn School.



11:00am-1:00pm: Masterclasses (open to the public) (participants selected through application process)

2:15pm-2:45pm: Beginning through Intermediate-Level Bass Workshop (open to students and teachers only – no audition required)

3:00pm-3:45pm: Advanced High School and College-Level Bass Workshop (open to students and teachers only – no audition required)


Are you interested in attending the Masterclass as an observer? Please let us know if you plan to attend via this form.

Are you interested in participating in the Double Bass workshops after lunch? Please let us know you plan to attend by completing this form. Students are invited to participate and teachers are welcome to observe. Please plan to bring your bass with you!


Are you interested in participating in the Masterclass? *Deadline Extended* Applications due by 5pm on March 15, 2019.


1) Please send us approximately 3 minutes of the piece/excerpts you would like to play in the masterclass. 

2) In just a few sentences, tell us why you want to be a part of this event. 

**There are limited slots available for the masterclasses, therefore your video submission will be used in order to select the participants. Applicants will receive an email after the deadline and will be notified if they are selected to play. If you are not selected to play, we encourage you to attend and observe – there is much to learn from observing a masterclass!

  • Record your audition using a video recording device.
  • State your full name.
  • Tell us what you will be playing.
  • Tell us why you want to be involved!

Upload Your Video

  • Click the Upload link at the top of any page.
  • Click the Upload video button to browse for your audition video. Select the file you want to upload and click Open.
  • As the video file is uploading, create video Title in the following format: {Your Full Name} Double Bass Masterclass (ex. “John Smith Double Bass Masterclass”)
  • Next, scroll to the Privacy section of the page. You will see the option to mark your video as “unlisted”, “public”, or “private”. Select unlisted – this will allow access only to those with whom you choose to share the link.
  • Click the Save Changes button to save your updates

OR click here to read a Youtube tutorial on uploading a video.

Submit Your Application

  • Once you have created your video, copy the link and send it via email to:
  • In the subject line, please include your full name and “Double Bass Masterclass” (ex. John Smith Double Bass Masterclass)


**For technical questions creating or uploading video please contact Corinne Horvath at or call 804-788-4717, ext. 144.