TYSA-Hammond Ashley Bass Workshop

Activities include technique classes, solo classes, orchestral excerpts classes, jazz instruction, bass ensembles, faculty recitals, and student recitals.

Bass players of all ages and levels of experience come together to learn from Washington’s top bass teachers and legendary bass pedagogue, Jeff Bradetich. Whether you are new to the instrument or a performance major in college, explore a highly concentrated study of the double bass through technique building, masterclasses, all-bass chamber music, and more!

The teacher in-service bass intensive is designed specifically for teachers who primarily play other instruments and would like to further develop their bass skills for the classroom.

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History of the Workshop

The Hammond Ashley Memorial Double Bass Workshop has had hundreds of bassists improve their skills since 1993. Mr. Ashley attended the very first workshop, passed away shortly thereafter, and the following years have been dedicated to his memory. Under the direction of international double bass soloist and pedagogue, Jeff Bradetich, bassists from age 8 to 78 have benefitted from his influence and teaching. Faculty have included bassists from Seattle Symphony, Oregon Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Washington State’s top bass teachers. Some attendees are now in major orchestras, and bass teachers themselves. From beginners to developing professionals, and every bassist in between, all are welcome to share the love of our instrument, the double bass, at this workshop. 

Beginning group: students younger than 13 and/or have less than 1 year of private instruction

Intermediate group: students younger than 17 with less than 3 years of private instruction

Advanced group: students 17 and older with at least 3 years private instruction

This is only a guideline. If you are uncertain of your level, please contact and we will help determine your placement.

Time & Place

Pacific Lutheran University – July 5th – 8th, 2022

Workshop Tuition

Tuition $395 – ($100 Deposit)

Please contact for need based financial aid. Teacher in-service participants are eligible for a teacher discount, please email for more details!


Jeff Bradetich

Chris Burns

Joe Dyvig

Todd Gowers

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