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William Vaughan



Biography

A member of the National Symphony Orchestra bass section since 1976, William Vaughan began piano lessons when he was five years old, becoming a bass player at age 12 through the public school system. Entering the Eastman School of Music, he studied with Oscar Zimmerman and became a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. After graduating he was appointed principal bass of the North Carolina Symphony where he played until joining the National Symphony Orchestra. A native of Horseheads, New York, Mr. Vaughan's performance career is now based in D.C., where he keeps his vast collection of basses (Mariana, and Vincenzo Panormo, among others) and bows (Sartory, Vigneron, Fetique, Husson, Ouchard, and Cohen). In addition to his performances with the National Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Vaughan is an avid soloist and chamber musician and teaches privately. He is also an active pianist and has contributed to the bass repertoire by transcribing and publishing music. In order to deepen his understanding of the physical aspects of playing and teaching the bass, he has studied the Yoga technique.
William Vaughan