Hinton Institute
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Milt J. Hinton Photographic Collection

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

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

The institute encompasses three dynamic programs:

  • a weeklong 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 bassist’s program (including Suzuki) for students ages 5-12. Parental participation required.

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

  • Jay Ashby
  • Max Dimoff
  • Peter Dominguez
  • Billy Drummond
  • Diana Gannett
  • Ann Gilbert
  • Eddie Gomez
  • Mimi Jones
  • John Kennedy
  • Audrey Melzer
  • David Murray
  • Tracy Rowell
  • Donovan Stokes
  • Sam Suggs
  • Ben Williams
  • Inez Wyrick

  • 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

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

Teacher-training courses include Every Child Can and Bass Book 1, with leading Suzuki trainer Virginia Dixon.

  • 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 .

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.