As Professor Emerita Diana Gannett retired from a studio of amazing bassists at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Many of them have gone on to win competitions and positions in important festivals, orchestras and academic appointments.

Gannett taught at Oberlin College Conservatory early in her career with other teaching appointments including the faculties of Yale University School of Music and the Hartt School of Music in Connecticut and the University of Iowa where as President for the International Society of Bassists, she hosted the 1999 ISB convention.

As a native Iowan, she did her undergraduate training with Eldon Obrecht of the University of Iowa.  She also studied with Stuart Sankey at Aspen Music Festival and with virtuoso Gary Karr at Yale.  While at Yale, she earned both a masters and doctorate in musical arts, the first Yale doctorate awarded in double bass.   She co-taught with Karr for many years.

Both as a soloist and chamber musician, her performances have included many contemporary premieres and solo improvisations as well as traditional repertoire.  In recent years she’s performed in Mexico, Scotland, Israel, Poland and Brazil as well at regional and local events. Lady Bass was her first CD followed by Duetti Dolce, Old Wine in New Bottles, Come Away and most recently, Artemis in the Oak Grove, a compilation of music written for and dedicated to her.

Her love of instrument making has also made her a fan of many fine modern builders.  She owns a Carleen Hutchins, Mario LaMarre, Reck/Gannett, as well as an old Landolfi and Pietro Pallota.



Gary&DianaB&W   Studying with Gary Karr at Yale






In Carleen Hutchins shop with Tom McGlaughlin


Winter 2015

UM Bassists Winter 2015