Collegiate Faculty


Scott PingelDouble Bass

Scott Pingel began playing the double bass at age 17 because of a strong interest in jazz, Latin and classical music. In 2004, at age 29, he became principal bass of the San Francisco Symphony. Previously he served as principal bass of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, performed with the Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and served as guest principal with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Canada. Festival performances include Bellingham, Spoleto, Verbier, Tanglewood, Attergau/Salzburg and with David Finckel and Joseph Silverstein at Music@Menlo. Pingel is also an active educator, having taught master classes at the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, The Colburn School, Manhattan School of Music, Shanghai Conservatory and with the New World Symphony. Pingel's primary instructors were James Clute, Peter Lloyd and Timothy Cobb. He earned a B.M. from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, an M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and spent two years as a fellow at the New World Symphony.

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