Faculty Music Quintet Visits Thailand for Residency and Concert

Lyric Quintet, a faculty chamber music group from the Department of Music, was recently invited by the World Association of Marching and Performing Orchestras for a residency in Bangkok, Thailand. In July 2022, the quintet gave masterclasses to participants, judged the solo and chamber music competitions and performed a concert at the awards ceremony. Between their busy schedule, they were able to visit the beauty of Bangkok and its incredible culture.

The band, consisting of Ronda Mains, flute; Thérèse Delaplain, oboe; Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet; Lia Uribe, bassoon; and Katelyn Halbert, horn, have performed across the United States and abroad, including tours of Germany and Canada. Catalina Ortega, flute teacher in the department that replaced Ronda Mains, joined the group for the trip to Thailand.

The members of the quintet are highly acclaimed artists, with a wealth of experience in solo, chamber and orchestral music, as well as teaching at the university level. They are committed to performing a diverse repertoire and reaching underserved communities through education. They have been invited to many national and international conferences and music festivals and have commissioned and premiered many works by contemporary composers. Formed in 1990, the quintet has maintained an active performance schedule with a regular series of home concerts and frequent guest artist tours. The band is on the Mid-America Arts Alliance roster and the Arkansas Arts Council touring roster.

For more information about the group, visit their website at https://lq.uark.edu.

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