Sandor Ostlund: About the Program

About the Baylor Double Bass Program

Applied double bass study at Baylor provides students with a rigorous, intensive program designed to prepare students for successful and rewarding music careers. The studio is limited in size to approximately ten to twelve majors, which allows for a great deal of personal attention for each student as well as a selective admissions process. All double bass majors study with full-time, resident faculty member Dr. Ostlund during their entire time at Baylor.


A typical week for a double bass major at Baylor will look like the following:

  • Private lesson

  • Master Class

  • Double Bass Orchestral Repertoire Class

  • Bass ensemble/Chamber Music rehearsals/coachings

  • Rehearsals with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra

  • Jazz Band/Jazz Combo/Early Music rehearsals (optional)

Baylor double bass students have numerous opportunities to perform every semester in solo and bass studio recitals, as members of the orchestra, and in chamber, jazz, early music, and new music ensembles. These frequent performance opportunities serve as a catalyst for musical growth and development.

Some of the visiting guest double bass artists who have visited Baylor University include François Rabbath, Paul Ellison, Harold Robinson, Gary Karr, Andrew Raciti, Robin Kesselman, Hans Sturm, Brian Perry, Samuel Suggs, and Rufus Reid.

Continuing a long tradition of musical excellence, double bass alumni of Baylor University perform in prominent solo, chamber, orchestral, and jazz settings, as well as hold positions at universities and schools throughout the country.