Greenwich Symphony Bass Players

Bass Section

Wendy Kain Barone, Bass

Wendy Kain Barone has been playing with the Greenwich Symphony for 15 years, having previously been the Principal Double Bass of the Albany Symphony for eight seasons. She is also Principal Double Bass of the Gateway Chamber Orchestra in New York City, as well as a busy freelancer in New York and Connecticut. She is on the faculty of the Amadeus Music Conservatory and the Bedford Academy of Music, also teaching privately. Wendy was the first Double Bass teacher to become certified at the Suzuki Institute in New York City, subsequently joining the staff. An avid educator, she was featured on Good Morning America for starting a music program at a Manhattan inner-city school. Wendy earned two Bachelor’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music; one in Music Performance and one in Music Education and graduated from The Juilliard School with a Master of Music degree in Music Performance. Having begun her studies on the double bass at the age of 15 at Greenwich High School, Wendy has always felt an affinity for the Greenwich Symphony, especially making music with her former high school teachers!

Dennis Hyde, Bass

Dennis Hyde has been playing bass violin with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra since 1969. He has been a public school music teacher in Trumbull, Darien, Westport, and Newtown, Connecticut. Playing and teaching music has taken him around the world, touring Romania in 1980, Spain four times, Austria to Australia, etc. He's had the pleasure of marching with the Newtown High School band for the Rose Parade and was horrified by the Sandy Hook massacre.I am an avid photographer and enjoy painting. He has also worked on projects through Earthwatch in Belize, Guernsey, Spain, Nevada and England.

Jeffrey Levine, Bass

Jeffrey Levine, who is a bassist and composer, has been a professional musician since his first union gig at the age of 16. He has played in big bands, smaller jazz ensembles, orchestras, shows, chamber music, and in ballet and opera orchestras. He has appeared in festivals from Italy to Alaska with many stops in between. He has recorded with such well-known names as Tony Bennett, Michael Jackson, and Judy Collins (among others) and appears on more than a half dozen chamber recordings as solo bass. He has been principal pass in the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari, and has played in many other orchestras and ensembles. As a composer, he has had a Fulbright grant, a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and has fulfilled many commissions. His works are published by Suvini-Zerboni in Milan and by his own company, Music Door Editions. His orchestral essay, “Icarus” was premiered by the Greenwich Symphony under the baton of David Gilbert in 2018.

Richard Messbauer, Bass

Richard Messbauer attended the Juilliard School Of Music where he studied under Homer Mensch. He's also studied jazz extensively with Cecil McBee, Fred Hersch, and Eric Kloss. He has freelanced extensively in New York, played professionally in symphony halls from Carnegie Hall to the Palau De La Musica to the Teatro Colon to Avery Fisher Hall to the Shiller Theater to Bellas Artes to the Istana Budaya to practically every hall on Earth, or at least in North America, Europe, Asia and South America. He was on the Tonight show with Jay Leno, backing up the cast of Cabaret. All of this has been with symphony orchestras and touring Broadway Shows. Between all this traveling, over the years, Richard has put together various creative projects with musicians he has known, playing new and improvised music. He recently began recording some of these projects, and releasing them along with some other things he has had laying around for years, on his label, out/in: space-music. Available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.