Micah Stoddard

Double bass, 2018

Micah Stoddard is a double bassist currently residing in the city of Chicago and attending DePaul University in pursuit of a Masters of Music in String Bass Performance. Originally hailing from the midwestern state of Nebraska, he studied privately with Bill Ritchie of the Omaha Symphony. He began his musical career at the age of four by taking piano lessons taught in the Suzuki method and participating in church youth choirs. At the age of 12, he began playing the bass in his school orchestra program, choosing the instrument because “It’s the biggest and lowest.” He graduated from Millard West High school, where he was actively involved in all three musical ensembles (Orchestra, Choir, and Band), performing solos with both the Orchestra and Choir. During high school, he also played in and led bass sections in local youth orchestra programs and All-State ensembles, while winning awards at district-wide solo competitions.
Micah’s musical journey brought him north to Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he studied with Paul Ousley. He also performed with several chamber groups and was a member of the Saint Olaf Orchestra, the Saint Olaf Band, as well as a founding member of the college’s first and only mixed acapella group, the HillHarmonics. The instrumental ensembles allowed Micah to tour extensively, performing on the main stage of Carnegie hall, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and internationally known venues on tours to the Mediterranean coast and Argentina, while the smaller ensembles enabled sensitivity and collaborative spirit in his musicianship. His studies at DePaul University include private lessons with Rob Kassinger of the Chicago Symphony, membership in the DePaul Symphony orchestra, and concerts with the DePaul Wind Ensemble and new music group, DePaul 20+ Ensemble, all while being active in the Chicago area freelance community. He can be reached at micah.r.stoddard@gmail.com for inquiries about performance, lessons, or musicianship in general.

Dale Osterman – Digital Natives
for string octet

Aaron Houston – Scuttle Buttin’
for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello, double bass 

Andrew Burke – Vibrant Matter
for trombone, viola, cello, double bass