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Meet the Musicians

It's All About the Bass

“We are a really tight group. It’s important to all of us that we lock into each other’s sound and are playing in the same way.” – Principal Bass Kristen Bruya

The largest and lowest of the stringed instruments, the basses provide a solid foundation of sound for any orchestra. Or as Acting Associate Principal Bass William Schrickel puts it, “We are the engine underneath the hood of the Rolls Royce.” 

In this video, explore the Minnesota Orchestra bass section with Bruya and Schrickel, as they share more about their roles in the Orchestra, their magnificent instruments and why they love the low notes.