Bass teacher Harold Robinson says he enjoys watching the construction on Lenfest Hall almost daily as he walks between the Kimmel Center and Curtis. Mr. Robinson, who holds the A. Margaret Bok Chair in Double Bass Studies at Curtis in addition to being principal double bass with the Philadelphia Orchestra, looks forward to the move with what he calls “unbridled excitement.” Focused as always on his students’ learning, he is particularly pleased that the studio will include audio and video recording facilities with immediate playback.
This will have a huge impact on lessons given by Mr. Robinson and his fellow faculty member Edgar Meyer, as well as on Mr. Robinson’s notoriously successful bass class. Recent graduates are rapidly joining the ranks of the great orchestras, among them Joseph Conyers (Philadelphia Orchestra), Alexander Hanna (Detroit Symphony), and many others.
These young players take their places among previous generations of Curtis students, most of whom studied with Robinson’s predecessor Roger Scott. Mr. Scott’s legacy to Curtis and to double bass pedagogy will be honored in Lenfest Hall with the Roger Scott Practice Room, named via a planned gift by a Curtis alumnus. I spoke with the anonymous donor, who said he felt strongly about the value Curtis has always placed on its own history and the importance of teacher-student lineage. Current and future students may not remember Mr. Scott personally, he noted, but his impact on orchestral double bass playing is felt throughout the world.
Roger Scott. Photo courtesy of
the Philadelphia Orchestra