Double Bass Faculty

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Zachary Hobin

Junior Session

BM, Oberlin Conservatory

MM, Stony Brook University
DMA, Stony Brook University

Joined LMC Faculty in 2022

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in 2017 under the tutelage of Kurt Muroki and Rachel Calin, two stellar bassists who inspired me to pursue my love of chamber music. Prior to graduating, I co-founded the Annapolis (MD) Chamber Music Festival, which is in its seventh year of presenting innovative performances of old and new chamber music. I maintain an active schedule as a freelance orchestral bassist with groups like the North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Allentown Symphony, and the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (Durham, NC). But perhaps my greatest pride is in the accomplishments of my students at Duke University, where I serve as double bass and chamber music faculty for both the School of Music and the pre-college String School. The excellent solo and chamber music performances they give, and the positions they have attained in all-state auditions and in college music studios speak to their abilities and character.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

In my opinion, the two things that help young musicians grow the most are playing ensemble music and being in an inspiring environment with talented and dedicated peers. The daily schedule at Luzerne is set up to immerse students in such an environment. I'm very excited to see how my students will progress over the course of the month!

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

While at LMC, you will be challenged with great chamber and orchestral repertoire. We will work together to ensure you have the technical and musical knowledge needed to succeed in your performances this summer. I also look forward to helping you with your personal goals - whether you're preparing for a fall audition, learning a new solo piece or looking to develop your technique, we can work together to make it happen. Finally, I like to make sure we have time to learn from each other as a studio, which means studio classes - and playing bass ensemble music!

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Alexander Bickard

Senior Session

BM, The Juilliard School

MM, The Juilliard School

Joined LMC Faculty in 2022

Share with us some of your professional accomplishments.

I am lucky enough to maintain an active schedule as a performer and teacher. Since 2019 I have been the Assistant Principal Bassist of the New Jersey Symphony, and I perform as a substitute musician with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, and Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, I am the bassist with the International Sejong Soloists, taking me on numerous concert tours spanning three continents, and I have been a frequent collaborator with the Fine Arts Quartet including two albums on the Naxos label. I made my solo debut in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as winner of the Juilliard double bass concerto competition. Additionally, I’ve participated in the Spoleto USA, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Pacific, and Castleton festivals. As a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, I earned both my Bachelor and Master degrees at Juilliard, studying with Eugene Levinson and Timothy Cobb. I am a teacher with the New Jersey Symphony Youth Orchestra and have coached extensively at Juilliard Pre-College.

What excites you about Luzerne Music Center?

Summer is an especially magical time to be making music. Luzerne offers an opportunity to study, perform, and experience music in a picturesque setting, allowing for growth as a musician but also as a person, for students and faculty alike. Many of my most meaningful memories are at places like Luzerne, where music is abundant alongside nature and friendship. 

What can campers expect to learn while working with you this summer?

My focus is to teach a student how to be their own teacher - to give tools and techniques to allow the student to find their own voice and their own expression. I share with my students a holistic approach to bass playing, incorporating both physical and mental technique to bring success at whatever stage we find ourselves. I draw upon my many mentors and experiences to offer a variety of ideas and repertoire to challenge, grow, and enjoy our playing.