Dr. James K. Bass Selected Artistic Director For Long Beach Camerata Singers

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Dr. James K. Bass

Dr. James K. Bass

Following a national search, the Long Beach Camerata Singers (LBCS) has selected Dr. James K. Bass as its next Artistic Director. His appointment will begin on July 1, 2017. During the 2016-2017 artistic year, which is current Artistic Director Robert Istad’s final season, Dr. Bass will hold the title Artistic Director Designate.

“James Bass is a dynamic yet sensitive artist and conductor,” according to Jan B. Hower, Board President of Long Beach Camerata Singers, “He is full of energy with exactly the right skills to continue the artistic growth that LBCS has experienced in the last 5 years.”

Dr. Bass was recently appointed Professor and Director of Choral Studies at UCLA beginning July 1, 2016. He leaves a similar post at the University of South Florida (Tampa) to accept the appointment, a position he held since 2010 as Associate Professor. During that time, Bass also served as Artistic Director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, which is the artistic partner of The Florida Orchestra. He is the Associate Conductor, Director of Education Outreach and Singer for the Professional Chamber Choir, Seraphic Choir. In 2012 he received 2 Grammy nominations with the ensemble. In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination for his solo vocal work with the Texas-based ensemble Conspirare. Dr. Bass received his DMA in conducting from the University of Miami in 2005 and both Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of South Florida, Tampa. He is active in several professional associations, including the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), serving as an Executive Board member in the Central Division.

Commenting on his appointment, Dr. Bass said, “Creating compelling choral performances is a musical joy for the conductor and choir. I am inspired by the legacy of this fine ensemble and anticipate a future that will thrill our audiences just as it does the singer.”

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