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Career Highlights

  • Author of The Musical Experience, an innovative music appreciation textbook/web site, published by Kendall-Hunt
  • Memphis Symphony, Principal Double Bass
  • Solo recital and presentation at the International Society of Bassists Convention
  • CD – It's A Bass Thing!
  • Playing on stage at Carnegie Hall with one of my former UofM students
  • Playing the Old Course at St. Andrews after a recital in Edinburgh, Scotland

About John Chiego

John Chiego is Director of the School of Music and Professor of Double Bass. Mr. Chiego has been an active performer his entire career serving in positions such a Principal Bass of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and bassist for the Orpheum Theatre Orchestra in Memphis playing for touring Broadway shows. He was the long time Principal Bass of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and has served on the faculties of the Hot Springs Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Allegheny Summer Music Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts before recently joining the faculty of the National Music Festival. For the past three years Mr. Chiego has been a frequent performer with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  He has also been an Artist-in-Residence at the Bay View Chamber Music Festival and toured with artists such as Amy Grant and Vince Gill. As a recitalist and clinician, Mr. Chiego has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, with featured solo recitals at the Edinburgh International Double Bass Festival and The International Society of Bassists' worldwide convention. A champion of modern instruments, Mr. Chiego recorded his first CD, It's a Bass Thing, featuring a unique double bass built by Thomas Kelischek. Mr. Chiego currently plays instruments made by American bass maker Rumano Solano exclusively. Mr. Chiego has been a member of the editorial board for The American String Teacher magazine, a journal for which he has written articles on double bass pedagogy and technique, and has served as Tennessee Chapter President of the American String Teachers Association. Mr. Chiego is the author of The Musical Experience, a popular textbook for introductory music courses currently being used by colleges and universities across the United States. Mr. Chiego has most recently performed regularly with the Nashville Symphony and been a bassist on numerous musical scores for Sony Playstation and Microsoft Xbox video games.