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Dr. Jack Unzicker

Associate Professor
Area: Double Bass

Phone: 817-272-3471
Email: unzicker@uta.edu
Office Location: FA 254
Degree(s): D.M.A. University of North Texas, M.M. University of North Texas, B.M. Western Washington University
Mentis Profile: https://mentis.uta.edu/explore/profile/jack-unzicker

Jack Unzicker is the Associate Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Arlington and is a sought-after performer and educator. He has extensive and varied experience in all performance areas, from early music to contemporary, solo, chamber, and orchestral, as well as jazz and electric bass. He maintains an active performing schedule, over 500 performances since his appointment at UTA in 2012. 
 
Raised in Juneau, Alaska, he began his musical studies with piano, guitar, and percussion and began performing as a professional bassist and teaching private lessons at the age of fourteen. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where he studied solo and orchestral performance, orchestral conducting, jazz studies, and early music with Jeff Bradetich, Paul Sharpe, Bill Clay, Anshel Brusilow, Lynn Seaton, and Lenora McCroskey. Dr. Unzicker earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Washington University where he studied jazz studies, performance, and contemporary music with Chuck Israels, Anna Doak, and Roger Briggs. Dr. Unzicker continued his studies at the Henry Mancini Institute, working with Bertram Turetzky, Christian McBride, John Clayton, and Dave Carpenter, the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors, and the Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program. 
 
As a pedagogue, Dr. Unzicker serves on the board of the Bradetich Foundation, a double bass performance and education organization. He served as the Bass Forum Editor for the journal American String Teacher and has been featured in articles on playing and teaching the double bass in The Strad, Bass World, American String Teacher, and Strings Magazine. He frequently performs, adjudicates, and presents at the International Society of Bassists, American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions.  In the summers, he performs and teaches as Artist Faculty and as the Assistant Director of the Annual Bradetich Double Bass Master Classes.  
 
Recent projects include a recording on Albany Records, The Diaries of Adam and Eve (2019), of five newly commissioned and premiered duos for violin and double bass. This duo project is in collaboration with Dr. Martha Walvoord, UTA violin professor, and contemporary composers, including six-time Grammy-award winner Michael Daugherty, Andrea Clearfield, Tom Knific, George Chave, and Daniel M. Cavanagh. The duo performed this new repertoire at the International Society of Bassists 2017 Convention at Ithaca College on June 10, 2017.  
 
Upcoming projects include several performances of Nino Rota’s Divertimento Concertante with U.S. orchestras in Fall 2021. Recent concerto performances include Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 with the Midland-Odessa Symphony Orchestra and with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, performing his transcription of Hindemith’s Trauermusik. Dr. Unzicker’s chamber music performances include the Adams Chamber Symphony, Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, 2, 3, & 6, Beethoven Septet, Bruch Octet, Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes, Prokofiev Quintet, Stravinsky L’Histoire du soldat, and Brahms Sextet in B-flat Major, Svendsen Octet, Schubert Octet, and Piano Quintets by Goetz, Labor, Schubert, and Vaughan-Williams with members of the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and professors from Rice University and the University of North Texas. 
 
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Unzicker has performed as Principal Double Bass of the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Austria), Caminos Del Inka, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Divertimento (Costa Rica), Plano Symphony Orchestra, Richardson Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphony Orchestra, Waco Symphony Orchestra, and he has worked extensively with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, as well as Jaap Van Zweden, Fabio Luisi, Robert Spano, David Robertson, James Conlon, Otto Werner-Mueller, Leon Fleisher, Larry Rachleff, Brett Mitchell, Rossen Milanov, Teddy Abrams, Anshel Brusilow, and Gunther Schuller.  

Current and former students of Dr. Unzicker have been accepted to undergraduate, graduate, and summer programs at the Colburn School, Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, University of Southern California, Boston University, Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of North Texas, Peabody Institute, DePaul University, Florida State University, University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina School of the Arts, New World Symphony, Curtis Institute of Music Summerfest, Aspen Music Festival and School, Domaine Forget, National Orchestral Institute, National Repertory Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp, Round Top Music Festival, Texas Chamber Music Institute, and the WaBass Institute. The double bass studio at the University of Texas at Arlington has proudly hosted many guest artists recently, including George Amorim (UTRGV), the Bassinova Quartet, Jeff Bradetich (UNT), Craig Butterfield (University of South Carolina), Bill Clay (Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Ira Gold (National Symphony/Peabody Institute), Artist-In-Residence Eddie Gomez (Jazz Legend), Aaro Heinonen (Indianapolis Symphony), Milton Masciadri (Univeristy of Georgia), Brandon McLean (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Brian Perry (Dallas Symphony/SMU), and Dennis Roy (Boston Symphony). 
 
Dr. Unzicker performs primarily on instruments by Daniel Hachez and Albert Jakstadt, and a bow by Reid Hudson. 
 
Courses taught at UTA: 
 
   Undergraduate and Graduate Double Bass Lessons 
   Double Bass Studio Class 
   Orchestral Excerpts 
   Chamber Music 
   Graduate String Pedagogy 
   Music in Film 
   Music History I & II 
   Music Literature 
   Advanced String Class 
   String Class 
   Ear Training 
   Music Appreciation