About The Faculty
Barbara Fitzgerald is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. As winner of the school’s concerto competition, she performed the Pichl Concerto for Double Bass with the Juilliard Philharmonia. She has lived in various parts of the world where she has been in orchestras, given solo recitals and been soloist with orchestra in concerto performances. She toured Eastern Europe with the McGill Chamber Orchestra from Montreal, Canada; was principal bass of the West Australia Symphony Orchestra in Perth, West Australia; has played in summer festivals in Europe and Mexico; has been a free-lance bassist in New York City, and is presently a free-lance bassist in Washington, D.C.
Wesley Thompson is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory where she received a degree in Bass performance and Music Education certification. Along with Basstravaganza, she is also the Executive Director of Bass Works. During the school year, Wesley is the Orchestra Director at Clarksville Elementary and Bushy Park Elementary in Howard County, Maryland and has her own private bass studio. While bass is her first true love, Wesley also plays the electric bass, viola da gamba, cello, guitar and mandolin. When she’s not performing or teaching, Wesley can be found in the kitchen baking for her friends and family.