Joseph McFadden joined the bass section of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. Before joining the Atlanta Symphony, he was Principal Bass of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McFadden has also performed on stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony. During his time with the Alabama Symphony, Mr. McFadden performed Bottesini's Double Bass Concerto No. 2 as a featured soloist.
A native of Los Angeles, he received his bachelor’s degree from California State University Northridge (CSUN), where he studied with Oscar Meza. He then completed graduate studies at Indiana University (IU), under the instruction of Bruce Bransby. At IU, he served as Principal Bass of both the IU Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Mr. McFadden is a two-time fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Chris Hanulik and Bruce Bransby and performed throughout the summer with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Mr. McFadden plays on a bass he commissioned from Chris Threlkled which was finished for him in October of 2009.