Mr. Jarrett L. Bastow

Bass, Cello Teacher

Jarrett Bastow

SAA Member


Houston, TX
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Jarrett is a professional bassist based in Houston, Texas who comes from Albany, New York.  He is a Section Bassist for the Tulsa Symphony (TSO), and Principal Bass for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). Jarrett has performed with Springfield Symphony (MO), Signature, Bartlesville, Arkansas, Texarkana, Shreveport, and South Arkansas Symphonies, Arkansas and Lawton Philharmonic and the Tulsa Ballet and Opera.

His Suzuki Training began at Northwestern University when he took Suzuki Pedagogy with Gilda Barston in 2013.  He continued his training with notable teacher trainers including (Cello) Dr. Beth Cantrell, Dr. Andrea Yun, Dr. Shu-Yi Scott, Zachary Sweet, (Bass) Dr. Kate Jones and Virginia Dixon. Other teaching experiences include working as Bass Teaching Artist for Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Bass Coach and Orchestra Assistant from Tulsa and Bartlesville Public School District respectively, Private Bass Instructor and Chamber Coach for the bART Conservatory of Music, and Guest Artist for a bass masterclass at Brigham Young University Idaho. He has served in collegiate roles as the Adjunct Bass Instructor at University of Arkansas—Fort Smith[/url] and Adjunct Instructor of Low Strings at Northwest Arkansas Community College. Currently, he is a Teaching Artist for Harmony Project Tulsa as of 2021.

As an arts administrator, he got his start as Personnel Manager for SoNA. This newfound interest led him to get his second Masters in the field. During his final year of the degree, he was Administrative Director for the Tulsa Youth Symphony where he earned the organization’s first government grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and started their first Silent Auction. As Personnel Manager for SoNA, he is thrilled to have the honor of putting Northwest Arkansas on the map for professional orchestral musicians! His personnel management experience has contributed in partnering with the Walton Arts Center for its CineConcert Series to provide the Northwest Arkansas community a unique, theatrical and thrilling orchestral performance. In 2021 he served as the Personnel Manager for TSO then switched to Director of Education & Community Engagement in 2022-2023. Currently, he is the Education Manager for Houston Symphony!

Jarrett received his Bachelor and Master of Music in Double Bass Performance from Ithaca College and Northwestern University respectively. His principal teachers include Erik Johnson, Nicholas Walker, Andrew Raciti and Lauren Pierce. Jarrett is also a Master of Arts Leadership & Cultural Management from Colorado State University. His certifications include a Graduate Certificate in Change Management from Cornell University and a Certificate in Grant Proposal Writing from Fort Hays State University.