Sandor Ostlund

Principal Bass

Leslie & Jack Blanton Chair

When you meet Sandor, ask him if he still plays on his mother’s guitar? What other music does he love? With his schedule, how in the world does he keep up?


Sandor Ostlund is Associate Professor of Double Bass at Baylor University. He is an active and versatile performer as a soloist, and as a chamber, early music, orchestral musician.

As a soloist, Dr. Ostlund has performed in recitals throughout the United States. He has appeared in featured performances at International Society of Bassists Conventions, as concert soloist with orchestras, in live radio broadcasts, and has premiered several works for solo double bass.

Ensembles that Dr. Ostlund has played with include the Detroit Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Washington National Cathedral Baroque Orchestra, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Context, the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Philharmonic, Le Synfonietta de Paris, the Madison Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. Currently, he is Principal Double Bassist of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Waco Symphony Orchestra.

He has been invited to teach and perform at clinics and universities including Penn State University, Northwestern University, SUNY-Stony Brook, James Madison University, Golden Gate Bass Camp, Colorado Suzuki Institute, American Festival for the Arts, Shenandoah Conservatory Performing Arts Festival, the Texas Double Bass Symposium, the Midwest Double Bass Symposium, and the annual Richard Davis Double Bass Conference.

Dr. Ostlund received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Master’s degree and his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Rice University, where he is the first and only double bassist to receive a DMA from esteemed performer and pedagogue Paul Ellison. His other teachers include Richard Davis, David Walter, and François Rabbath. Before arriving at Baylor University, Dr. Ostlund held faculty appointments at West Texas A&M University and Shenandoah Conservatory.


Education: BM, University of Wisonsin-Madison; MM and DMA, Rice University.


ROCO’s 2010-2011 Season Opener featured Guest Conductor, JoAnn Falletta, conducting the world premiere of Scott McAllister’s Rhapsodie for String Bass and Chamber Orchestra performed by ROCO soloist, Sandor Ostlund, performed at The Church of St. John the Divine on Oct 16, 2010.

Sandor Ostlund