Anna Doak, Double Bass (Suzuki & Traditional)
Teaching Artist Statement
Whatever style of music you wish pursue, the double bass requires correct technique for the best musical results and injury prevention. I have taught the double bass for 35 years. My students range in age from 3 to 87. Some come to me as complete beginners, others are returning to the instrument after a long sabbatical, and many come from another instrument such as electric bass. I always start with a focus on technique, but with a degree in jazz studies and a career as an orchestral bassist I am able to tailor lessons to meet the interest of the individual student. Double bass is one of the newest members of the Suzuki family and I was happy to be the first registered bass teacher in the Seattle Suzuki community. Although the bass is the largest member of the string family there are fractional sized instruments that allow children as young as 3 to start playing the double bass.
As a young person I had a musical mentor who changed the course of my career and life. He patiently and respectfully guided me in pursuing my musical ambitions while helping me understand that the pursuit is lifelong, not attached to any one attainable goal. Anyone can benefit from having music in their lives. I get immense joy out helping my students learn to embrace the process, discover their musical journey and build their musical community.
Anna Doak graduated magna cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts with a B.A. in double bass performance. She has taught privately in the Seattle area since 1986. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Shoreline Community College and has taught at the Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute, Hammond Ashley Double Bass Workshops, the Seattle Youth Symphony program and been an adjudicator for the WMEA solo ensemble contest. Anna taught bass for 5 years at Western Washington University in Bellingham before starting a family.
Anna is currently a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta . Formerly principal bassist with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Anna has also performed with the Seattle Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, Astoria Music Festival, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival and on numerous recording projects. She is a founding member of the multi-genre chamber ensemble Different Drummer and was awarded an Artist Support grant by the Jack Straw Foundation in 2015. Her arrangements for double bass ensemble have been published and performed worldwide.