The musician and pedagogue was 69 years old

David Neubert

David Neubert in 1990

American double bassist David Neubert died on 26 June at the age of 69. For 30 years he served as principal bass of the Austin Symphony, Ballet and Opera Orchestra in Texas, and was professor of double bass at the University of Texas at Austin (UTA) from 1982 to 2011. He was also director of instructional technology from 2011 until his retirement in 2014, and a pioneer in the field of online music teaching.

Born in 1954, Neubert earned a master’s degree in performance from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate from UTA. He was an active participant with the International Society of Bassists (ISB), chairing two of its annual conventions: the first at UTA in 1986 and the second in 1993 at the Interlochen Arts Academy. In 2017 he also hosted ‘The Making of the ISB’ panel presentation at Ithaca College, to mark the society’s 50th anniversary. He also contributed to American String Teacher magazine. In his retirement, Neubert helped to launch a community arts centre in rural north central Kansas.

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