Gaelen McCormick has been an ISB board member for 6 years and is now beginning her term as the president-elect, for which she is grateful. She has been involved in supporting, teaching, and planning the Young Bassists programs at the summer conventions for many years, and was inspired to start her own late summer workshop in Rochester to keep the fun going. Pedagogy is an integral part of her career, whether helping new bass players to find their voice and learn to play without injury, or helping teachers create bass studios and school programs that are sustainable. Gaelen recently celebrated 20 years on the faculty of the Eastman Community Music School. She is the author of three pedagogy books for developing bow technique, Mastering the Bow vol 1-3, and a book of duets for developing bassists, Double Trouble, all published by Carl Fischer.
While her career started on stage with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, after 23 years, she "retired" due to deafness and now is making a new path in the arts in healthcare field, leading the Eastman Performing Arts Medicine program at the University of Rochester.