Michael Van Ryn is Principal Double Bass with the Des Moines Symphony. He holds degrees in music performance from the University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and the University of Southern California. He has also held principal positions with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles.
BA – University of Northern Iowa
Steve Charlson is a native of Waterloo, Iowa and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Universtity of Northern Iowa. His principal teachers were Eldon Obrecht at the University of Iowa and Stuart Sankey at Indiana University. As a classical bassist, Steve has performed with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Des Moines Symphony, Wartburg Community Symphony and Dubuque Symphony, where he served as Principal Bass.
Apart from his work with symphony orchestras, Steve spent two years as a member of the Glenn Miller Orchestra and has appeared with music greats including Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, the Mills Brothers, Patty Paige, Billy Eckstine, Donny Osmond, Captain and Tennille, Petula Clark, Lesley Gore, Hap Galpae and Steve Allen.
Currently, Steve regularly performs with Les Brown and his Band of Renown, the Tony Valdez Band.
Brazilian double bassist Patricia Silva holds a bachelor degree from The Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil and a Master of Music degree from The University of Southern Mississippi , USA. Ms. Silva has received many awards in competitions such as the Paulo Bosisio Strings Competition, Furnas Geracao Musical, William T. Gower Competition (first bassist to ever win this competition), XIV Young Soloists of UFMG, II Instrumental Music for Young Players , and the III Young Soloists of Bahia Symphony. Ms. Silva was also a semifinalist of the X Sphinx Competition, USA.
As a member of the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, Ms. Silva has played in several venues in the U.S including the Carnegie Hall. While working on her degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, Ms. Silva was responsible for its orchestra’s outreach program introducing classical music to schools, nursing homes and similar facilities. She was also a cello and double bass instructor at the Hattiesburg Public Schools.
Patricia Silva is currently working on her doctoral degree in Double Bass Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Iowa, where she is the double bass teaching assistant and the recipient of the prestigious Iowa Performance Fellowship. Ms. Silva is also the principal double bass of the YOA Orchestra of the Americas and the founding member of Estilos, which is a chamber group that promotes innovation and learning through the Arts by the performance of cross-cultural repertoire.
Kory Johnson is a native Iowan and received his bachelor of music degree in double bass performance from the University of Iowa in 2002. Mr. Johnson has held principal bass positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Linfield Chamber Orchestra. He has also been a bass section substitute with several orchestras across the midwest and northwest United States including the Boise Philharominic. He is currently a section bass member of the Des Moines Symphony, an associate at Becker Fine Stringed Instruments and teaches privately in the Des Moines area.
A native of Fargo, North Dakota, Ashley Eidbo began playing the bass at age ten. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota as a student of Chris Brown, and an master of music degree from Indiana University as a student of Lawrence Hurst. She currently resides in Coralville, Iowa and plays in orchestras across the state.