Kansas City Bass Workshop

Enroll today for KC BASS WORKSHOP JULY 6th-10th 2018!


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We welcome a superb faculty in 2018 with the amazing Étienne LaFrance, Anthony WellingtonCaroline Emery, Kate Jones, Eric Thorin, Dr. Hans Sturm, Lloyd GoldsteinJohnny HamilGerald SpaitsDr. Jessica Valls, Richard RyanJeff Harshbarger, Sarah Lahasky, Joey PanellaGilles Duhaut. (Faculty subject to change).

The Kansas City Bass Workshop week offers Masterclasses with all the faculty. Emphasis on Rabbath Technique, Bass solo performances, small and large bass ensemble performances representing everything related to bass in the Classical, Jazz and Alternative (Rock, Funk, Blues, Polka, etc.) styles of music. There will be a great bluegrass element to the week again in 2018. Teacher training thru Nebraska University for continuing education.


For participants the hours are 9-4 everyday of the workshop. There is a early scales class at 8am. The workshop is held at Shawnee Mission North High School in the music department (park in West parking lot). The evening concerts are 6-9 every evening with the final concert which includes everyone. The concerts are held where the music is professionally performed at around KC. This is all in all a really fun week for all involved at all levels Disneyland for bass players and people who love the bass!

Classes available for at KCBW now with college credit available for attendees. Johnny Hamil on teaching George Vance and his own Jammin’ with Johnny methods. Work with Caroline Emery on her amazing new book and techniques on teaching kids. Kate Jones extensive work with Suzuki Bass. Work with Hans Sturm on all aspects of string bass pedagogy.

One Day option Public School String teacher Bass day Saturday July 7th.This day is for any non bassists teaching bassists in public schools. It is designed to give the teacher tips for helping the student not fall into the usual traps that happen to the student in the back of the orchestra.


Note that Sylvain Rabbath has been offered an amazing tour this summer that conflicts with the KC Bass Workshop dates. Sylvain’s own performance career is very important and he needs to be on this tour this summer so that this part of his life can continue to grow. François of course doesn’t want to travel without his son at the piano. This means François Rabbath will be at the workshop in FaceTime masterclasses only. They both want to be in KC and send their love out to all of the people that have attended, worked and volunteered in the past years they have come. It truly is a special event and they hope to come the next summer.

It is true that Francois is 86 years young but, he still moves faster than me and we all feel every year he is around to help us out is a super gift to all of us. He shows no sign of slowing down and keeps getting better and making music magic. While I was in Paris he played me his duets Recordings with Michel Legrand, John Clayton, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, Ron Carter, Mark Dresser, and so many more. So It is important for everyone to know that he continues to astound and move forward with his art.


KC BassFest Concerts: Performances each night at 6-9p.m (with some late night features) will feature every faculty member and a few special guests. The KCBW Bass Orchestra concert is on Tuesday, July 10th at 7 p.m. and features workshop participants performing with faculty.

Download bass fest flyer here concert-series-2018

Further concert schedule information on our KC BassFest Concerts page.

These concerts are open to the public. Purchase 2018 KC BassFest Passes to all six days of BassFest performances only $20 online thru Brown Paper Tickets or by calling (816) 305-7559. One ticket is included in all KC Bass Workshop participants’ fees.

Please either buy tickets online or call (816) 305-7559 to set a reservation for extra tickets as these concerts are always a great week of inspiration.


The week as always will be a great week of personal growth, inspiration, and creativity!

Watch this great video and please enroll for another exciting workshop this summer.

Local NBC news caught up with us in 2013 and broadcast this piece.

KC Bass Workshop faculty (L-R) Hans Sturm, Shawn Conley, Johnny Hamil, Francois Rabbath, Sylvain Rabbath and Ted Botsford were at Hamil’s Mission home.

Above picture taken in 2013 for Prairie Villiage Post article about Kansas City Bass Workshop 2013 written by Dan Blom.

Still not convinced to sign up? Take a look at previous years’ pictures.

Thank you for visiting!