Double bassist Peter Spaar received his Master of Music degree from the University of North Texas, as well as a Bachelor of Music from James Madison University. His former teachers include Sam Cross, Ed Rainbow, Tom Lederer and Mark Bernat. Mr. Spaar currently holds the Robert and Ruth Cross Principal Bass Chair in the Charlottesville Symphony and is senior lecturer at the University of Virginia. He is the founder and bassist of the Free Bridge Quintet, U.Va.'s jazz quintet-in-residence. He is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his teaching duties, Mr. Spaar maintains a very active freelance career as both a jazz and classical bassist.