Darren Sacks

Darren S.

Boston, MA
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Darren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
August 2016

Darren is one of the leading private teachers for double bass lessons in Greater Boston and specializes in audition preparation for music festivals, colleges, and youth orchestra programs.

Mr. S focuses on improving his students' playing ability by focusing on their technique, phrasing, tone, and by providing insight on the way they approach practicing.

He is currently a substitute bassist for the Boston Lyric Opera. He has also performed in several professional orchestras across Connecticut including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony Orchestra, and the Wallingford Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. S has been invited to coach chamber ensembles at the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra and the Rivers School Conservatory. While studying with Darren, his students' achievements have included performing in the MMEA All-States Festival, the MMEA Northeast Senior District Festival, the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra, and the CJMEA Elementary Honors Orchestra (in New Jersey via online lessons).

Mr. S studied privately with world-renowned double bass musicians including Lawrence Wolfe, assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Robert Black, founding member of the New York City-based contemporary ensemble, Bang On A Can.

He writes articles and publishes his own insightful articles related to practicing the double bass.

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Experience

Substitute Double Bassist
Mar 2018 - Present
Boston Lyric Opera

Located in: Boston, MA

Guest Chamber Coach
Feb 2018 - Present
Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestra

Located in: Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA

Guest Artist
Apr 2017 - Apr 2017
The Rivers School Conservatory

Located in: Weston, MA
Description: Youth Symphony bass sectional

Substitute Double Bassist
Apr 2014 - Apr 2014
New Britain Symphony Orchestra

New Britain, CT - Adrian Sylvan, conductor

Substitute Double Bassist
May 2013 - May 2013
Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

Waterbury, CT - Leif Bjaland, conductor

Substitute Double Bassist
Jun 2012 - Jun 2012
Wallingford Symphony Orchestra

Wallingford, CT - Philip Ventre, conductor

Education

Master of Music / Double Bass Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2016
The Boston Conservatory
Bachelor of Music / Double Bass Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2014
The Hartt School @ University of Hartford

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Boston Conservatory Scholarship
Mar 2014
The Boston Conservatory
Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship
Apr 2010
The Hartt School @ University of Hartford

Affiliations

American String Teachers Association
Jun 2018

The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.

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International Society of Bassists
Oct 2017

The International Society of Bassists was founded by the world-renowned virtuoso Gary Karr in 1967. With nearly 3,000 members in over 40 countries, the ISB publishes a triannual magazine, Bass World, with an eclectic mix of articles about soloists, jazz and orchestral players, early music, pedagogy, international personalities and orchestras and reviews of new print music and recordings, plus monthly e-newsletters and communications.

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American Federation of Musicians
Jul 2017

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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Photos & Videos

Darren Sacks - It's Never Too Late To Pursue Your Goals
Darren Sacks - Top 3 Double Bass Bow Hold Mistakes
Darren Sacks - Boston Double Bassist Shares His Vision
Mozart Symphony No.39 4th Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Mozart Symphony No.40 1st Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Shostakovich Symphony No.5 1st Movement (double bass excerpt) Take #1
Mahler Symphony No.1 3rd Movement (double bass solo) Take #1
"Being Told That You Need a New Instrument" - Darren Sacks
"Learn To Play Without The Rosin" - Darren Sacks
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6 Reviews

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Polly Feb 4, 2018
Upright Bass · In home

My son does hybrid in person and online lessons with Darren. Darren is very enthusiastic, encouraging and articulate. After every lesson, my son is energized. For the first time, he advanced to state level after intensive lessons with Darren. Darren also teaches HOW to practice and clearly points out what he needs to do so my son can focus his practice. Highly recommend him.

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Kalena Jun 16, 2017
Upright Bass · In home

Darren has been great to work with. He is highly motivated and passionate about teaching. I would highly recommend him.

Emily Jun 16, 2017
Upright Bass · In studio

Darren is enthusiastic and always looking for ways to "get through" to a student. He has a contagious passion.

Ms. Turner Jan 24, 2017
Upright Bass · Online

Darren has been a great instructor to my son Terrill. He's learning a lot and getting much better thanks to Darren. I wasn't sure how online sessions would work but they are going great. I'm glad I chose Darren.

Kathleen Jan 16, 2017
Upright Bass ·

Darren has been an outstanding teacher for my high school daughter preparing for her college auditions. His attention to detail has vastly improved her technique. She is playing with more confidence also. Darren is fabulous in sharing his time and talent. She has had several private lesson teachers on the past but he is definitely the best!

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Craig Aug 10, 2016
Upright Bass · In home

Great teacher, very attentive and helpful, and is passionate about teaching proper form and best practices on the upright bass. Highly recommended.

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