Hinton Bass Institute


July 7-14, 2018 (this program is not offered in 2017)

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

 Milt Hinton

I was pretty young when I realized that music involves more than just playing an instrument. It’s really about cohesiveness and sharing. All my life, I’ve felt obligated to try and teach anyone who would listen. I’ve always believed you don’t truly know something yourself until you can take it from your mind and put it into someone else’s. I also know that the only way we continue to live on this earth is by giving our talents
to future generations. 
— Milt Hinton

The institute encompasses three dynamic programs:

  • a week-long residential program open to bass students, ages 13-21, of all ability levels and for musical
        genres from jazz to classical;
  • two Suzuki teacher-training courses for adults 18 and older; and
  • a young children’s afternoon Suzuki bass program for students ages 5-12.

Some of the nation's finest performers, teachers, and clinicians will lead the institute’s classes and ensembles including:

John Clayton Jr.
Max Dimoff
Scott Dixon
Peter Dominguez
Diana Gannett
Robert Hurst III
Mimi Jones

John Kennedy
Audrey Melzer
Tracy Rowell
Donovan Stokes
Inez Wyrick
Derek Zadinsky


  • technique classes, workshops, master classes, recitals, recording sessions, small bass ensembles, and bass orchestra 
  • lecture by Oberlin Conservatory’s Special Collection Librarian, Jeremy Smith, highlighting the Milton J. and Mona C. Hinton Collection
  • recording studio class with Grammy-winning producer Jay Ashby
  • workshop on acoustic instrument set-up and minor adjustments with renowned bass luthier, Bruno Destrez

Suzuki training and instruction:

This year's institute features valuable Suzuki Teacher Training opportunities for people 18 years and older. There is also Suzuki instruction for bass students of all ability levels ages 5-12.  

Teacher-training courses include Every Child Can and Bass Book 1, with leading Suzuki trainers Virginia Dixon and Kimberly Meier-Sims.

  • Every Child Can is a one-day course introducing the Suzuki philosophy and method. It is a prerequisite for all Suzuki courses that follow. 
  • Participants for the Suzuki Bass Book 1 course must pass an audition and be an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

About the Milt Hinton Bass Institute
The biennial institute was inaugurated in 2014 and is named for Milton J. Hinton, the highly regarded jazz and studio bassist and photographer, who not only performed and recorded with many of the popular and jazz greats, but also captured them in photographs and film.