JáTtik Clark began his professional music career as principal tuba of the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1999. Now in his fourteenth season with the orchestra, Clark has an active career as an orchestra/chamber musician, soloist, and teacher in the local Portland music scene and beyond. He has been invited to perform with some of the leading U.S. orchestras including the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Seattle symphonies. In the Northwest, he has played and recorded with a wide variety of musicians and groups including Chamber Music Northwest, the Rob Scheps Big Band, Big Horn Brass, Pink Martini and the Third Angle Music Ensemble.
As a soloist, Clark has performed the Ralph Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto with the Oregon Symphony as well as the Vancouver (Wash.) Symphony. Recently, he gave the Oregon premier of the Luis Cardoso Double Concertino for Tuba, Tenor Saxophone, and Wind Ensemble with the University of Portland. He will also be performing this piece with the U.S. “Pershing’s Own” Army Concert Band for the 2014 Tuba-Euphonium Workshop. For the 2013-2014 performance season, Clark will be featured as soloist with the Vancouver (Wash.) Symphony, the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, and the Oregon State Wind Ensemble.
In the summer, Clark regularly performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole (Wyo.), the Oregon Coast Music Festival and the Sunriver Music Festival. In addition to his orchestral and other performance duties, Clark is also the applied tuba/euphonium instructor at Portland State University, Lewis and Clark College and a co-instructor at Oregon State University. He holds a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music (cum laude) from the University of South Carolina. JáTtik’s main instructors have been Timothy Northcut and Ron Davis, but he has also studied with Gene Pokorny, James Jenkins, Mike Grose and Floyd Cooley.