University of Arkansas

08/11/2022 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/12/2022 10:53

Faculty Music Quintet Visits Thailand For Residency and Concert

Lyrique Quintette, a faculty chamber music performance group in the Department of Music, was recently invited by the World Association of Marching and Show Bands to a residency in Bangkok, Thailand. In July 2022, the quintet gave masterclasses for participants, judged the solo and chamber music competitions and performed a concert at the awards ceremony. In between their busy schedule, they got to tour the beauty of Bangkok and its incredible culture.

The group, consisting of Ronda Mains, flute; Theresa Delaplain, oboe; Nophachai Cholthitchanta, clarinet; Lia Uribe, bassoon; and Katelyn Halbert, horn, have performed throughout the United States and abroad, including tours to Germany and Canada. Joining the group for the Thailand trip was Catalina Ortega, a flute instructor in the department stepping in for Ronda Mains.

Members of the quintet are highly acclaimed artists, with a wealth of solo, chamber and orchestral experience, 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 guests at numerous national and international music conferences and 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 home concert series and frequent guest artist tours. The group is on the Mid-America Arts Alliance roster and the touring roster of the Arkansas Arts Council.

For more information about the group, go to their website at