Dr. Jesse Orth is honored to return to his Midwestern roots with his recent appointment as instructor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Northern Iowa, where he teaches applied tuba and euphonium lessons, 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.
Dr. 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 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, Dr. Orth served as a guest artist and faculty member at the 2nd International Festival of Classical music in Piracicaba, Brazil with the UNT Center Brass Quintet, now the Impact Brass Quintet. Dr. 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, Dr. Orth performed and recorded as principal tubist on multiple projects including the educational series, “Teaching Music through Performance in Band.”
In addition to performing actively on the tuba, Dr. 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. Mr. Orth has earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (BA - music) and the University of North Texas (MM and DMA).