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Cory P.
Rochester, New York
Study upright bass with the principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
I have been the principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017. I have been playing the bass for over 25 years and have been performing professionally for over 15. I bring a wide range of influences to my bass teaching and tailor the materials I use for each student's needs. I generally start students in method books from Simandl and Vance and move on to Rabbath, Petracchi, and various other materials that will help each student.
About Cory P.

I have been the principal bassist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 2017 and professor of double bass at Nazareth College since 2019. I grew up around Atlanta, GA and started playing piano when I was around 7 years old and bass and guitar when I was 11. Most of my education has been on the upright bass. I've studied classical bass performance at major music schools on the east coast and in the midwest. I've studied and worked with musicians from many of the great orchestras around the world. I enjoy working with students who are just coming to the bass, guitar, or piano for the first time and getting them started with music in a rewarding way as well as more advanced students that need finer musical direction or audition coaching. *** Lesson Details *** I try to keep a relaxed environment while still being motivating and inspiring. I tailor lessons around what the individual student's goals are. There are materials that I like to use with most students but I'm open to using anything that meets the needs and desires of the student. I try to find a nice balance of technique work and music. It's important to develop healthy technique from the very beginning. It's very easy to develop bad habits that can have serious health risks down the road (i.e. tendonitis, carpal tunnel, back pain, etc.) that can make it difficult if not impossible to keep playing. I've spent many years undoing bad habits that I developed from the first years that I played bass without any formal instruction. Yoga, Alexander technique, massage, and many great teachers have helped me overcome the issues I had and have helped me develop healthy habits. I try to pass this education on to my students so that they can have an enjoyable and healthy experience with music for the rest of their lives. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano and music stand. Living room with seating for parents. The students need to provide their own bass and bow or guitar and music. *** Specialties *** Classical. I have studied with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic and my teaching and playing reflect the traditions of these teachers and orchestras.

Teaches all skill levels

Teaching since 2004

Performance Residency Program

Teaches ages 10+

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Subject: Upright Bass
Upright Bass
Teaches 1 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
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Cory was an awesome & patient piano teacher for my 4 year old son. He did hands on training and gave him work to do on his own which helped tremendously! Thanks Cory!!!!

Posted Jun 28, 2017

My experience with Cory has been excellent. He is a good teacher who knows how to keep me going and understands my goals. I have temporarily with- drawn from the program as the erratic nature of my life and travel requirements makes it difficult for me to schedule reliably. Also, some problems with the communication software have, at times, made the learning difficult. Please understand that my decision to stop is in no way a reflection on Cory or his teaching ability. I will be glad to re-connect with him when conditions permit.

Posted Feb 24, 2017

This guy is terrific - much more patient than I could be. Every time I start to hide in a comfort zone he finds a way to push me out of it and make me improve.

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Professor of Double Bass
Aug 2019 - Present
Nazareth College
Principal Bass
Sep 2017 - Present
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Section Bass
Nov 2012 - May 2017
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Section Bass
Jan 2016 - Apr 2017
Sarasota Opera
Principal Bass
Oct 2012 - May 2016
Canton Symphony Orchestra
Assistant Principal Bass
Sep 2011 - May 2017
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra
Performance Residency Program
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
Carnegie Mellon University
Master of Music, Orchestral Performance Program
Aug 2007 - May 2009
Manhattan School of Music
Master of Music, Music Performance
Aug 2005 - May 2007
Peabody Conservatory (Johns Hopkins University)
Bachelor of Music, Music Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Michigan State University
Native Proficiency
American Federation of Musicians
Oct 2004
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Instructor details
Subject: Upright Bass
Upright Bass
Teaches 1 subjects. Different subjects may have different prices.
This teacher is not currently accepting students