Kirsten Lamb

Double Bassist, Vocalist, Music Educator

phone: 973.229.0296 * email:



     New England Conservatory, Boston, MA
September 2013 – May 2015


  • Master of Music (MM) in Contemporary Improvisation
  • Gunther Schuller Medal recipient for “extraordinary contributions to the life of New England Conservatory”
  • Academic Honors
  • 4.0 GPA
  • New England Conservatory Merit Award and Scholarship recipient
  • New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Program participant
  • Community Performances and Partnerships Program Musical Storytelling Fellow and Songwriting Workshop Leader
  • Student of Cecil McBee (jazz bass), Dominique Eade (voice, improvisation), Hankus Netsky (improvisation, composition), Carla Kihlstedt (songwriting, improvisation)
  • Classes include improvisation, composition, arranging, jazz theory, aural skills, rhythm/percussion, and music education
     Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, OH
September 2005 – May 2009


  • Bachelor of Music (BM) in Double Bass Performance
  • Minor in Ethnomusicology
  • 3.8 GPA
  • Dean’s Scholarship Award recipient
  • Member of Pi Kappa Lambda (National Music Honor Society)
  • Student of Thomas (classical bass), Peter Dominguez (jazz bass), Hasu Patel (Indian music and improvisation), Catherina Meints (viola da gamba)
  • Classes included music theory, aural skills, rhythm/percussion, music history, Ethnomusicology, contemporary music, early music/historical performance



     Large and small ensembles, solo, and recordings
2001 – present


  • Improvisation, jazz, folk, bluegrass, klezmer, Latin, Balkan music, Indian music, contemporary, classical, early music
  • Solo performances at venues such as the Massachusetts State House (Boston, MA), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA), Jordan Hall (Boston, MA), and The Stone (New York, NY)
  • Ensemble performances at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Het Compagnietheater (Amsterdam, NL), Ottawa Folk Festival (Ottawa, ON), Blue Note Jazz Club (New York, NY), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Berklee Performance Center (Boston, MA), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), and Coolidge Corner Theatre (Brookline, MA)
  • Performed and/or recorded with artists such as Theodore Bikel, Klezmer Conservatory Band, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Harvard Early Music Ensemble, Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band, Ballroom Theives, Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band
     Tours throughout North America and Europe
2002 – present



     Music instructor, NJ, OH, NY, and MA
2004 – present


  • Individual and small group lessons on double bass, bass guitar, voice, piano, guitar, banjo, ukulele, percussion, songwriting, and general music
  • Leader and co-leader for workshops at Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and Tufts University, among others
     Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
2015 – present


  • Weekly music and literacy teaching residency for pre-school children at the Early Education Centers of Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Educational solo and ensemble performances at schools in Greater Boston
  • Leader for music workshops and teacher trainings
     Wellesley Public Schools, Wellesley, MA
2016 – present


  • Double Bass Instructor for the Instrumental and Vocal Extension Program
  • Weekly lessons for students grades 2-12
     Bridge Boston Charter School, Boston, MA
2016 – present


  • Double Bass Teaching Artist for El Sistema-inspired orchestral program
  • Weekly lessons for students grades 4-5
     NEC Community Performances and Partnerships Program, Boston, MA
2013 – 2015


  • Performances for elementary school students using double bass, banjo, and ukulele to tell stories and play musical games as a Musical Storytelling Fellow
  • Leader of songwriting workshops for teenagers at the Franciscan Hospital for Children
  • Performances with the Alfaia Quartet,an NEC Honors Ensemble, for senior citizens
     East End House School Age Program, Cambridge, MA
2010 – 2011


  • After school program for elementary school students
  • Worked as a group leader and music teacher
     Luzerne Music Center, Lake Luzerne, NY


  • Music summer camp for high school students
  • Worked as the double bass instructor and a camp counselor
     Oberlin Music Mentors, Oberlin, OH


  • Volunteer program working with music students in the Oberlin public schools