Richard Jorgensen, instructor of trumpet and horn, joined the UALR music department faculty in 2011. He is principal trumpet with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1976. He is a charter member of the International Trumpet Guild and has performed many times at ITG conventions. He has also served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and for the Music Teachers National Association. For many years, he was an artist and consultant for the Besson Trumpet Company.
He is a native of Illinois and received his music degrees from the University of Illinois and Wichita State University. He is a former member of the Wichita Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and has taught at Wichita State University and Michigan State University. In May of 2009, he retired from Arkansas State University after 34 years as Professor of Trumpet.
He has been a frequent soloist with the Arkansas Symphony and has also soloed with the Tupelo Symphony, the Lansing Symphony and Arkansas Bach Chorus. He is also 1st trumpet in the ASO Brass Quintet, the ASO Brass Trio and performs often with other musical groups in and around Little Rock.
Mr. Jorgensen places great emphasis on developing students who have strong skills and performance versatility in classical, jazz and commercial music. He also strongly believes in the importance of music education and the value of arts in education.
Many of his former students have been accepted into prestigious graduate programs, hold positions in symphony orchestras, and military bands. And many of them are successful band directors in Arkansas junior high and high schools.