A native of Rhode Island, Rip Prétat currently serves as double bassist and assistant personnel manager with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Rip also served as acting assistant principal double bassist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1980-1982 and from 1997-2006. He holds a bachelors degree in music performance from Indiana University. Rip coordinates all national and local auditions for the Milwaukee Symphony.
Rip studied with Murray Grodner, Frederick Zimmermann, Bill Rhein and Stuart Sankey. Solo appearances include Bottesini’s Grand Duo with Bill Preucil, violin, and the Northwood Orchestra, and Bottesini’s Second Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Rip also holds a master's degree in Taxation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has operated a tax planning and preparation business for over thirty years. Rip, his wife Mary, and their sons, Noah & Riley, live on a small farm in Mequon where they raise sheep, chickens, and peacocks.