Darren Sacks

Darren S.

Boston, MA

About Darren S.

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Darren teaches: Ages 13 and up
Teaching since: January 2010
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

Born in New York City, Darren Sacks is currently one of the most sought-after bass teachers in the Greater Boston area. Darren has been invited as a guest artist to conduct bass master classes at local music conservatories and high schools throughout Massachusetts. As a private teacher, Darren is dedicated to teaching students of all levels, including beginners as well as advanced students. During lessons, he emphasizes solid technique, learning how to play in tune, musical finesse, and rhythmic accuracy though his passionate personality and instinct for troubleshooting difficult sections. As a result, many of his students have won auditions and admittance into undergraduate music colleges. Recently, Darren joined the faculty at the Conservatory at Highlands located in Newton, Massachusetts.

Darren performs as a freelance orchestral double bassist throughout Greater Boston and also performs in pit orchestras for musical theatre productions such as "Into the Woods" and "South Pacific". In addition, he has performed professionally with several Connecticut orchestras including the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, the New Britain Symphony, and the Wallingford Symphony.

Darren is the recipient of significant awards including the Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship and the Boston Conservatory Scholarship. Prior to attending music school, Darren was principal bassist of the Connecticut Youth Symphony and also participated in both the Connecticut Northern Region High School Music Festival and the Connecticut All-State Festival. Darren received his Bachelor of Music from the Hartt School of Music, studying with Robert Black and then later graduated with his Master of Music at Boston Conservatory, studying with Lawrence Wolfe, assistant principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Photos and Videos

Bach Cello Suite No.3 Movement 1 (double bass) - "Prelude"

Experience

Double Bassist
Sep 2014 - Apr 2016
The Boston Conservatory Orchestra

Boston, MA - Bruce Hangen, conductor

Double Bassist
Sep 2010 - May 2014
The Hartt Orchestra

West Hartford, CT - Edward Cumming, conductor

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 Spoken

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

3 Reviews on Darren S.

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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.
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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
Verified Student · 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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