Congratulations to alumnus Joe McFadden, student of Bruce Bransby, who has been appointed to the Atlanta Symphony bass section.
McFadden was Principal Bass of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed on stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony. A native of Los Angeles, he received his bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge (CSUN), where he studied with Oscar Meza. He then completed graduate studies at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (IU), under the instruction of Bruce Bransby. Mr. McFadden is a two-time fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Chris Hanulik and Bruce Bransby and performed throughout the summer with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Mr. McFadden plays on a bass he commissioned from Chris Threlkled which was finished for him in October of 2009.