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 of the Columbus Bach Ensemble and 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 both the Wintergreen (Virginia) and Classical (Eisenstadt Austria) Music Festivals, and tutti positions with the Great Music West, Bellingham, and Puccini (Italy) Music Festivals. Currently, he performs as an associate member of the Columbus Symphony and continues to maintain ties with the Indianapolis music scene.
Dr. Wasserman studied at Indiana University, obtaining 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. Obtaining the DMA degree at Ohio State, he authored the first compendium of American bass makers known to have been attempted.
Highlights of his solo engagements include recitals in Hong Kong, Miami, Indianapolis, Columbus, as well as Athens. He presented a solo/duo recital at the 2005 International Society of Bassists convention, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Bass Quartet he premiered new works by Hong Kong composers and composer and colleague Dean Ferrell. With the Indianapolis Bass Ensemble (Outer Bass), he performed US premiere performances at the 1995 International Society of Bassists convention.
He has presented lectures on American bass lutherie at the University of Louisville (2014) and at the International Society of Bassists Convention (2015). Dr. Wasserman is a frequent clinician with all four Columbus 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 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 presenter and featured clinician with Skye, his border collie with fabulous agility course talents.