Meet our 2018 Les Filles de Contrabasse Winner: Olivia DeAngelis!
School Name: Riverstone International School and Timberline High School
Years Playing the Bass: 5
Private Teachers: Jason Prindle in Boise, ID and Andy Butler in Berkeley, CA
Number of Summers at Bass Works: 1 but hopefully more
Favorite Things about Bass Works: The supportive and passionate community, and Bass Orchestra
Orchestral Experience: All-National Symphony Orchestra, All-Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Idaho All-State Orchestra, Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Timberline Chamber Orchestra, Mahler at the Pacific (University of the Pacific Side by Side), Sun Valley Summer Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Idaho Orchestra Institute
Hobbies other than Music: Taekwondo, Model United Nations, Alpine Skiing, Backpacking, Teaching Piano, Volunteering for and sitting on the board of the Idaho Suzuki Association, Writing, Netflix
What does it mean to her to be a female bass player?
As a female bass player, I feel that I need to be a role model for younger bass players (girls, boy, and everyone in between). Through my playing and teaching, I hope to encourage younger players to be passionate about bass, but also about life. And I want to show that it doesn't matter where you come from (from the perspective of someone from a rural state), and it doesn't matter what you look like or how you identify, but that we can all pursue excellence and be kind and compassionate people at the same time.
What are her future goals?
I'd like to be able to integrate my music into my professional life, as I consider bass a lifelong pursuit. In the short run, I'm looking forward to attending college next year, and I'm interested in studying music, film and media studies, international relations, and epidemiology. Hopefully I can do it all! In the long run, I'd like to travel and live a compassionate, happy, and music-filled life.