It’s all bass, all the time at the Hinton Institute. Dive into an immersive week of bass classes, performances, small ensemble work, studio sessions, lectures and workshops on the Montclair State University campus, from July 14-20. Explore jazz, classical, early music, slap, Latin and electric in a non-competitive environment. Learn from some of the planet’s best bass players on our acclaimed faculty. Trade tips and techniques with other student musicians. Find your people — the ones who inspire you, motivate you and will be your creative community for years to come. Leave at the end of the week with a greater love of music and a deeper understanding of your place within it.


Application qualifications:
-Bass players ages 14 – 18
-All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)
-All genres (jazz, classical and more)
-Tuition is $1250 (financial aid available)

How to apply:
-Complete registration form
-Submit placement video

Application deadline: June 7, 2024

Milt Hinton. Photo by Robert Asman.

This program is named in honor of the legendary jazz bassist, a prolific performer and studio musician whose long career intersected with countless greats, including Louis Armstrong, Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Diahann Carroll, Sam Cooke, Bing Crosby, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand. (Just to name a few.)

meet the artistic director

Peter Dominguez

Artistic Director, Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass
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Summer 2024 marks the 4th Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass, established in 2014, sponsored by NJPAC and hosted by Montclair State University.  As the winner of the inaugural Milton J. Hinton Competition in 1981, I am pleased to share Milt Hinton, and his legacy. In my role as founding artistic director, I am honored to be returning to the 2024 Institute in this capacity and am excited to join forces with NJPAC to present an outstanding program. I know Milt would be very pleased.  

The Milt Hinton Institute for Studio Bass (MHI) is designed for bassists aged 14-18. This week-long academy introduces emerging bassists to Milt Hinton and his amazing legacy of bass musicianship. MHI assembles the finest double bass performers and educators who interact, teach, and perform with emerging bassists. MHI clinicians all have an attachment to Milt Hinton and his life’s legacy. The Institute will close with a celebratory concert on July 20th. Read more


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