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By Andrew Tucker
College of Fine Arts and Communication Office

CONWAY — Dr. Jesse Orth, instructor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Northern Iowa, will spend three days on the University of Central Arkansas campus this month and present a recital as part of the Tuba-Euphonium Spring Fling on April 11.

The concert, free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

At the University of Northern Iowa, Orth teaches applied tuba and euphonium lessons, performs with the Northern Brass Quintet, directs the UNITUBA ensemble and coaches chamber music ensembles. He recently moved from Texas, where he earned both his masters and doctorate in tuba performance at the University of North Texas.

“Last year I was hosted at UNI as a guest artist where I presented a recital, master class and taught lessons. We look forward to hosting him here and showing him some UCA Tuba-Krewe Hospitality like they showed me in Iowa,” said Dr. Gail Robertson, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium/jazz at UCA.

Orth has performed and taught across the country as well as abroad in Germany, Hungary, England, Ireland, Brazil and Ghana. He has most recently performed at and co-hosted the 2017 Great Plains ITEA conference as well as performing solo recitals at the 2015 South Central, Midwest and Great Plains regional tuba euphonium conferences. As a chamber musician, he has performed at the 2015 Great Plains conference with the Impact Brass Quintet and at the 2014 ITEC and the 2013 South Central Regional ITEA Conference with the Fat Bottomed Brass Tuba Euphonium Quartet.

In 2011, he served as a guest artist and faculty member at the second International Festival of Classical music in Piracicaba, Brazil, with the UNT Center Brass Quintet, now the Impact Brass Quintet. Orth has previously held performance positions with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Dallas Civic Wind ensemble, the Metropolitan winds of Dallas and the Chippewa Valley Symphony. In the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and the University of North Texas Wind Symphony, under the direction of Eugene Corporon, Orth performed and recorded as principal tubist on multiple projects including the educational series, “Teaching Music through Performance in Band.”

Orth has been a significant contributor to multiple repertoire projects initiated by the International Tuba and Euphonium Association. In 2007, he assisted internationally renowned jazz artist Jon Sass on the Bassblowaz Club, part of the Creative Impulse series.

Orth’s recital will cap a two-day visit to UCA, where he will participate in rehearsals and work with students.

April 10:

  • 2 p.m. – Studio class discussing music careers. All brass instruments invited.

  • 5:30 p.m. – Piano rehearsal with Murakami. Open for students to observe rehearsal techniques at the performer level.

April 11:

  • 9 a.m.-noon – Private lessons for UCA Music Majors

  • TBA – Piano rehearsal with UCA Faculty Pianist, Dr. Kazuo Murakami (Open for students to observe rehearsal techniques at the performer level)

  • 7:30 p.m. – Spring Fling Recital

April 12:

  • 10 a.m.-noon – Private lessons for UCA music majors

For more information, contact Robertson at or (501) 450-5760.

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