Richard Jorgensen has been Principal Trumpet with the Arkansas Symphony since 1976. A native of Illinois, his music degrees come from the University of Illinois and Wichita State University. He is a former member of the Phoenix Symphony and the Wichita Symphony. He has been a frequent soloist with the Arkansas Symphony and has also soloed with the Tupelo Symphony, Lansing Symphony and the Arkansas Bach Chorus. He has performed many times at International Trumpet Guild Conventions; he has served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition, and he was also an artist consultant with the Besson Trumpet Company for many years. In May of 2009, he retired from Arkansas State University after 34 years as trumpet professor where he was also 1st trumpet in the ASU Brass Quintet and chair of the Brass Division. He now teaches trumpet and horn at UALR. He is an active member of the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild and a board member of the Hot Springs Jazz Society. In the summer, he lives in Interlochen, Michigan where he is a long-time staff member at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Richard estimates that he has played over 2000 concerts with the Arkansas Symphony and traveled more than a half million miles commuting to rehearsals and performances. During that time, there have been many highlights such as playing Bugler's Holiday with Doc Severinsen and performing Mahler's 5th Symphony. And he especially appreciates the wonderful opportunity to perform with fellow musicians of the ASO!