Sidney A. King is the instructor of double bass at the University of Louisville School of Music and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has recently retired as the assistant principal bassist of the Louisville Orchestra, having held that position from 1984-2006. As performer, composer, and arranger with the nationally prominent flamenco ensemble Al Sur, Mr. King has appeared on stages, in theaters, and on broadcasts throughout the country. As a member of Al Sur, he has also been featured as soloist with orchestras such as the San Diego Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Mansfield (OH) Symphony. As a composer and arranger of church music, his choral and instrumental works have been featured in service settings and concerts throughout the country. Several of these works are published by St. James Music Press and Really Good Music, LLC. As an active soloist and chamber musician, Mr. King performs frequently throughout the Midwest in various recital settings, including service for fourteen years as a core member of the Kentucky Center Chamber Players. He has held a position on the board of directors of the International Society of Bassists (2003-2006).
Mr. King’s extensive experience as an orchestral performer includes appearances with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the country. He has been a performer at the Grand Teton Music Festival since 1992, often serving in titled positions with that orchestra. King has performed as principal bassist with the Houston Grand Opera, the Texas Opera Theater, the Sunflower Music Festival, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. He has also performed with ensembles such as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, and the North Carolina Symphony. As an educator, Mr. King also served as the double bass instructor at Indiana University Southeast and has long been involved in music education, teaching and coaching many youth ensembles as well as giving numerous solo performances in public and private schools.