John Floeter, string bass

Teaching Associate



Bachelor of Music in Double Bass, DePaul University



John Floeter is currently Principal Bass of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Lake Forest Symphony and is a member of the Grant Park Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He has had a decades-long association with the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra and the Chicago Philharmonic/Symphony II. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony and played several productions with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, including several cycles of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. In addition, Mr. Floeter enjoys playing with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Ravinia Festival orchestra, Fulcrum Point, Ars Viva, and Chicago Opera Theatre.

In addition to the University of Illinois at Chicago, Mr. Floeter is the Instructor of Double Bass at Northern Illinois University and Roosevelt University.

A native of the Chicago area, Mr. Floeter graduated high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy. He attended DePaul University where he studied with Warren Benfield and received a degree of Bachelor of Music in Double Bass performance in 1982. In 1984 he was a fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music festival where he studied with Eugene Levinson and Stuart Sankey.

Mr. Floeter is a member of the Chicago Bass Ensemble and has been a guest lecturer and performer for area universities and the Chicago Bass Festival. He has been an active bassist in the Chicago area since 1979, covering multiple genres of music, including classical, jazz, folk, and musical theater.

Courses Taught

Applied Double Bass