Dixie State University

Bass Festival 2020

Calling All Bass Players

Organized by Dr. Robert Matheson, the bass festival will be an all-day event on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Bassists of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend. Our guest artist for 2020 is Lloyd Goldstein. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in bass ensembles, attend masterclasses, participate in technique classes, and attend recitals.

Early registration is $35 ($40 after January 15th). Participants will receive a festival t-shirt and lunch. We look forward to seeing you in February in beautiful Saint George, Utah.

Dr. Robert Matheson
Bass Festival Director

Lloyd Goldstein – Guest Faculty

When Lloyd was in sixth grade he had a dream. He envisioned playing the double bass in such a way listening audiences would be emotionally moved. He played the double bass through high school, but was unprepared for college and as a result, dropped out.

A crucial turning point in his life came while living on a plot of land in Central Florida. He described the experience the only way he knew how, through relation of the Biblical reference of Moses and the burning bush.

While attempting to cut wood on a table saw, he sliced his finger open. Frantic, a voice in his head told him he would never be able to play again. Fortunately, his finger healed and for the first time he had a clear understanding and direction of what he wanted to do. Play the double bass.

Lloyd’s experience playing the double bass encompasses both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The University of Miami under the direction of Dr. Lucas Drew, a 21-year career with The Florida Orchestra, studying under the direction of world-renowned bassist Francois Rabbath; receiving diplomas in teaching and performance from The Institute Francois Rabbath, as well as being a certified music practitioner.


Robert Matheson

Dr. Robert Matheson – Festival Director

Double bassist and music technologist Robert Matheson incorporates elements of classical, jazz, and contemporary music into his original works. In his solo performances, he achieves a fluid interaction between acoustic and electro-acoustic music. His performance setup allows him to perform live electro-acoustic music while maintaining the integrity of the natural, acoustic sound of the bass.

Robert has performed with ensembles representing a wide range of musical genres, including the Ironwood Duo, Portable Masterpieces, and the Tucson Chamber Orchestra. Solo and ensemble performances have taken him throughout the western and midwestern United States.

Robert Matheson received a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in bass performance from the University of Arizona where he studied bass performance with Patrick Neher and music technology with Dr. Norman Weinberg and Dr. Craig Walsh. He previously studied bass performance with Barry Green at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. David Young at California State University, Long Beach. Robert lives in Saint George, Utah where he teaches double bass and music technology at Dixie State University and performs in the orchestra at Tuacahn Center for the Arts.


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