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JáTtik Clark

Principal Tuba

At age 23, JáTtik Omar Clark began his professional music career as Principal Tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999, after having been hired the preceding spring. Now in his eighth season with the orchestra, JáTtik has become quite active as a performer, soloist, clinician and teacher both in the Portland music scene and beyond. He has performed with many orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Seattle Symphony, the Vancouver (WA) Symphony, the Sphinx Orchestra and will soon perform with the Detroit Symphony. As a soloist, JáTtik has premiered the Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with both the Oregon Symphony and the Vancouver (WA) Symphony. Locally, he has played with such groups as Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle Music Ensemble, the Oregon Bach and Bloch Music Festivals, the Cascade and Sunriver Music Festivals and even a brief appearance with Pink Martini.

Besides his orchestra duties, JáTtik is also the Applied Tuba Instructor at Portland State University, having been appointed the same year that he joined the Oregon Symphony. During the summers, he also has the distinct pleasure of performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY and the Oregon Coast Music Festival. While living in Portland, JáTtik found himself exploring other musical realms and has been recording and performing jazz with The Rob Scheps Big Band, the Stan Bock Ensemble, and the Ben Wolfe Sextet. In addition, he has also discovered the joy of performing Gypsy Brass Music from the Balkan region by joining the newly formed Krebsic Orkestar.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, NYC, JáTtik actually grew up in Hartsville, South Carolina where the tuba discovered him during the seventh grade. He went on to earn his Bachelors in Music Performance, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He also received a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music just before joining the Oregon Symphony. His primary tuba instructors were Timothy J. Northcut (CCM) and Dr. Ronald Davis (USC) but JáTtik has also studied with Gene Pokorny, Floyd Cooley, Samuel J. Pilafian, James Jenkins, Michael Grose, and Michael Mulcahy.

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