Steve Wilson's Basses Donated to American String Teachers Association
When Steve Wilson, the veteran bassist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, died last May, he left behind a half-dozen small-scale basses that are now part of his legacy. The Wilson family recently donated the collection to the American String Teachers Association with National School Orchestra Association String Project at Lawrence University's Academy of Music and the Appleton (Wisc.) Area School District. "The program has been most successful not only in the training of string teachers," says bass instructor and Lyric Opera bassist Gregory B. Sarchet, "but also in providing an opportunity for young people interested in playing a stringed instrument whose school does not have a string program or who are home-schooled."