LEAP Student Jarrett Bastow Reflects On His Time at the International Society of Bassists Convention

 Jarrett at his first day of work at the Tulsa Youth Symphony as Administrative Director
Jarrett is a Section Bassist for the Tulsa Symphony and frequently performs with the Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Opera.  As the Principal Bassist for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), he also serves as Personnel Manager. Jarrett is also an accomplished teacher, providing private lessons to students and is a teaching artist in the elementary school residency program of SoNA.

Jarrett holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Ithaca College, a Master of Music Performance degree from Northwestern University and is completing a Master of Arts Leadership and Administration degree from Colorado State University.In his new role as Administrative Director of the Tulsa Youth Symphony, Jarrett will be responsible for coordinating fundraising activities and community outreach, as well as management of an array of day-to-day staff activities, which will include logistics of rehearsals and concert productions, auditions, promotional activities and parent outreach. “The orchestra’s growth over the last few years has been significant, and the Board of Directors is very pleased to have Jarrett’s talents at our disposal as we continue to expand our activities”, said Stephen Curry, Board President.

In the spring of 2017, we interviewed LEAP master’s student Jarrett Bastow about his upcoming internship with the International Society of Bassist Convention in Ithaca, New York. (Read the article here)We had a chance to catch up Jarrett to find out how it all went! —

In the Spring of 2017, Jarrett interned for the International Society of Bassists.  The main priorities of the internship contributed to the administrative preparation for the ISB Convention held at his alma mater, Ithaca College! Besides the fact that Jarrett worked remotely 95% of the time during the spring internship, he was thrilled to make his return to Ithaca College for this magnificent bass filled event!  During his internship he:

  • Created an event app with the Attendify platform that provides resourceful information for attendees such as the schedule, speaker bios, social profiles and interaction, sponsor pages and ads, maps, and local attractions.
  • Planning and managing communications leading up to the event, including e-blasts in Constant Contact and social media posts across various platforms.
  • Visited Dallas to pull materials from the ISB archives for online 50th anniversary photo project, to highlight pictures and materials from past conventions and magazines. He will lead the creation of five installments, each to feature a decade in ISB history.
  • Researched the many updates of the Constant Contact and Attendify platforms since the last convention held at Colorado State University.  Once research was gathered, he compiled the data into reports for the ISB’s future convention.
You can view all of his projects and research here!  Jarrett hopes to translate these skills into his new job and explained “While working with Tulsa Youth Symphony (TYS), the power of research for fundraising and grant writing is critical.  I hope to apply this research into my grants or fundraising events to make compelling proposals and intriguing fundraising events to benefit TYS in directions they never thought imaginable. “
The convention hosted many events throughout the week of June 5-10.  Such events included competitions (solo, orchestra, jazz, 14 and under, 15-18, makers), build-a-bass in a week project (bass makers built 3 in one week!), many bass exhibits (easily $1M of merchandise was on site), performances of all musical styles featuring the bass, lectures, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. When reflecting on his experience Jarrett expressed that “interning with the ISB last semester was a great opportunity to contribute to planning a major event in the organization’s history.  50th year anniversary held at my alma mater and I had a part in the operations.  Doesn’t get any more nostalgic and monumental than that.”

Jarrett would like to thank the following for their endless support during this amazing experience: Allegra Hale for her careful supervision in his success during his internship, the all the staff at the convention from Madeleine Crouch Associates, and his mentor Nicholas Walker for hosting a magnificent convention that bassists will be talking about for years to come!