Penn State School of Music to host Bearjay Duo for Sept. 2 bass recital

August 31, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State School of Music will host the BearJay Duo (Brent Edmondson and Amanda Rice-Johnston) in a recital at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in Esber Recital Hall. The concert will feature double bass duets, both newly arranged and older favorites, to be performed on Nick Lloyd basses. The Bearjay Duo tour is sponsored by Nick Lloyd Basses. Admission is free.

Double bassist Brent Edmondson is an active performer in the Philadelphia area. As an orchestral musician, Brent holds the position of principal double bass of the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and the Lancaster Symphony, and is an A-list substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed with the Houston Symphony, Atlantic Symphony, and many other ensembles throughout the country.

Brent is the personnel and operations manager for the Pennsylvania Philharmonic and enjoys an active career as a music editor, engraver and publisher. He received his master’s degree from Boston University with Edwin Barker, principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His other teachers include Hal Robinson, principal bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Eric Larson of the Houston Symphony, and Rob Kesselman of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Amanda Rice-Johnston, a native of northern Virginia, currently serves as principal bass of the Westmoreland Symphony. She frequently performs with the Wheeling Symphony, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Erie Philharmonic, the Akron Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony. In 2010, she was appointed principal bass of Opera Cleveland. After studying at Michigan State University with Jack Budrow, she earned her master’s degree with John Hood at Temple University. She continued her studies as a post-graduate fellow of Carnegie Mellon University's performance residency program, where she studied with Jeffrey Turner, principal bass of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Last Updated September 09, 2015