Dr. Garry Wasserman, Visiting Assistant Professor and Double Bass Artist Faculty, has been a member of the Florida Philharmonic, Harrisburg Symphony, Hong Kong (China) Philharmonic, full time substitute with the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis studio session artist, Principal Bass of the Columbus Bach Ensemble, as well as the Ohio Valley Symphony. Additionally, he has performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Louisville Orchestra. Highlights of Garry's festival appearances 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.
Wasserman studied at Indiana University, obtaining the Bachelors of Music in Performance 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 his Doctorate at Ohio State, his final document was a Compendium of American Bass Makers, considered a first of it's kind.
Highlights of his solo engagements include recitals in Hong Kong, Miami, Indianapolis, Columbus, as well as Athens. He was invited to present a solo/duo recital at the 2005 International Society of Bassists convention. With the Hong Kong Philharmonic Bass Quartet, he helped to premiere new works by Hong Kong composers and works by performance artist and composer Dean Ferrell. With the Indianapolis Bass Ensemble (Outer Bass), he performed US premiere performances at the 1995 International Society of Bassists convention.
Wasserman has held teaching positions at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Anderson University, Millersville University, and Penn State University. Frequently a judge at OMEA adjudicated events around Ohio, he also has taught orchestra repertoire classes at Ohio State. In addition to his position at Ohio University, he maintains a teaching studio in Columbus through collaboration with Upper Arlington, Hilliard, and Dublin area school districts.
He enjoys performing as a member of "IndyKlez", a klezmer folk group based in Indianapolis, as well as "New String Jazz Trio", an innovative Columbus-based jazz group consisting of bass, guitar, and violin.