Garry Wasserman, Adjunct Professor and Double Bass Artist Faculty, has been a member of the Florida Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Hong Kong (China) Philharmonic, full time performer with the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis studio session artist, Principal Bass with the Columbus Bach Ensemble and the Ohio Valley Symphony. He has also freelanced with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra. Summer festival participation have included serving as Principal Bass with the Wintergreen (Virginia) and Classical (Eisenstadt Austria) Music Festivals, and tutti positions with the Great Music West (Bear Lake Utah), Bellingham, (WA) and Puccini (Italy) Music Festivals. Currently, he performs as an associate member with the Columbus Symphony and maintains ties with the Indianapolis music scene.
Dr. Wasserman studied at Indiana University and earned the BM in performance degree as a student of Murray Grodner, continuing masters studies with Bruce Bransby. He also studied with Anthony Bianco of the Pittsburgh Symphony, Eugene Levinson and Stuart Sankey at the Aspen Music Festival, Lawrence Hurst at Indiana University, and Matthew Zory of the Cincinnati Symphony. He earned the DMA degree at Ohio State, authoring the first known compendium of American bass makers.
Highlights of solo engagements include recitals in Hong Kong, Miami, Indianapolis, Columbus, and Athens. He presented a solo/duo recital at the 2005 International Society of Bassists convention, and performed on the church bass for a presentation on the American bass maker Prescott at the 2013 ISB convention. With the Hong Kong Philharmonic Bass Quartet he premiered new music by Hong Kong composers and American composer and colleague Dean Ferrell. With the Indianapolis Bass Ensemble (Outer Bass), he performed at the 1995 International Society of Bassists convention.
He has presented lectures on American bass lutherie at the University of Louisville (2014), the International Society of Bassists convention (2015), and gave a poster presentation at the American String Teachers Association conference (2015). Dr. Wasserman is a frequent clinician with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, OMEA Regional Orchestras, and the Ohio All State Orchestra. He also has taught orchestra repertoire at Ohio State.
Dr. Wasserman has held teaching positions with Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Anderson University, Millersville University, and Penn State University. In addition to his position at Ohio University, he maintains a teaching studio of 25 bass students in Columbus through collaboration with the Upper Arlington, Hilliard, and Dublin area school districts.
He enjoys performing as a member of "IndyKlez" a klezmer folk ensemble based in Indianapolis, and "New String Jazz Trio" a Columbus-based jazz ensemble featuring bass, guitar, and violin.
Garry's hobbies include cooking, running (in that order), Alexander Technique, and for 10 years a presenter and featured clinician with Skye, a border collie with fabulous agility course talent