JáTtik Clark began his professional music career as principal tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999, after being chosen for the position in May of the same year, at age 23. Since then, he has also become active as a chamber musician, soloist, instructor, and clinician both locally and nationally.
As an orchestral tubist, JáTtik has been invited to perform with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Seattle symphonies. His varied chamber music experience includes performances and recordings with Pink Martini, Big Horn Brass, Third Angle Music Ensemble, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a soloist, he has performed Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, in addition to the Oregon Symphony. He also gave the Northwest premier of Jeff Tyzik’s Dance Suite for Tuba and Orchestra with the Portland Columbia Symphony. Additionally, JáTtik was featured as a guest co-soloist with the “Pershing’s Own” United States Army Band in Washington, D.C.
JáTtik is co-principal tuba of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY and principal tuba of the Oregon Coast Music Festival. He also holds teaching positions as Applied Tuba-Euphonium Instructor at Portland State University and Lewis & Clark College, along with Co-Instructor of Tuba-Euphonium at Oregon State University.
JáTtik earned a Bachelor’s in Music Performance (cum laude) from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers were Timothy J. Northcut and Dr. Ronald Davis, with additional instruction from Gene Pokorny, Floyd Cooley, James Jenkins, Michael Grose, Steve Norrell, and Michael Mulcahy.