Arlyn Curtis

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String Bass Instructor


Arlyn Curtis began playing the bass because of a need for bassists. Initially playing jazz, he shortly began studying with Kenneth Baldwin and was inspired to focus on classical. He continued his studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with Paul Johnson, John Hood and Robert Kesselman. He attended the Aspen Music Festival, where he worked with Albert Laszlo and Bruce Bransby. Because being a musician is a lifelong journey, he continues to study and get coaching from bassists including Joseph Lesher, Jordan Anderson, Jon McCullough-Benner, Scott Pingel, Colin Corner and others. 

As a performer, he is a member of the Tacoma Symphony and has played with the Oregon Symphony, Astoria Music Festival and Vancouver Symphony, as well as working on studio recordings for film and other media. 

Passionate about teaching, he maintains a private studio in Portland and, in addition to teaching at George Fox, is an instructor of Double Bass at Pacific University.