"...a reminder that high artistry doesn't have to come at the exclusion of good citizenship."
- Yoshiaki Horiguchi, 2019 alumnus
In 2020 upon completing season 13 of Wabass Institute for the Double Bass Artistic Director Ranaan Meyer, CEO Tod Minnich, and the Honeywell Foundation team decided to expand programs for the 2021 season forming the Honeywell Arts Academy. Founded in 2008, Wabass quickly became known to the bass community as a premier summer program. Today, Wabass alumni hold esteemed positions in the Royal Concertgebouw, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and many more. Others have founded small ensembles and entrepreneurial initiatives such as, Sybarite5 and Westbound Situation. As the Institute approaches season 14, Wabass alumni are worldwide continuing to spread the “sharing of knowledge.”
Honeywell Arts Academy is a unique full fellowship summer music institute held annually in Wabash, Indiana composed of three programs:
Resonance - Innovative Musicians
Soundboard - Pianists
Wabass Institute - Double Bassists
All fueled by the same mission to foster an inclusive, supportive environment where ideas are free flowing from teacher to student and vice versa which is a philosophy we refer to as the “sharing of knowledge”. Each respective component comes together for an intensive period of musical development including what it takes to thrive as a musician and the invaluable effect of spreading the joy of music to positively impact the human spirit.