Ja’Ttik Clark, Tuba
In the spring of 1999, Ja’Ttik (“jah-teek”) Omar Clark was hired as the new Principal Tuba of the Oregon Symphony and officially started performing in the fall of that same year. While he was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York City, Mr. Clark spent most of his life in the small city of Hartsville, South Carolina. He then received his Bachelors in Music Performance, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Just before his joining the Oregon Symphony, he also earned a Masters Degree in Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His principal tuba instructors were Dr. Ronald Davis (USC) and Timothy J. Northcut (CCM). Ja’Ttik has also studied with Michael Grose, James Jenkins, Samuel Pilafian, Gene Pokorny, Michael Mulcahy and Floyd Cooley.
Since his arrival in Portland, Ja’Ttik has been quite active in the local music scene. He has performed and recorded with various ensembles including the Oregon Symphony Brass Quintet and Trombone Quartet, Chamber Music Northwest, Third Angle Music Ensemble, Big Horn Brass, the Chroma Quintet, The Vancouver (WA) Symphony, and The Seattle Symphony. While living in Portland, Ja’Ttik also began to explore the musical realm of jazz and has been recording and performing with The Rob Scheps Big Band, the Stan Bock Ensemble and the Ben Wolfe Sextet. Ja’Ttik 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 has the distinct pleasure of participating in both the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, WY as well as the local Oregon Coast Music Festival.
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