Jonathan Bhatia

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Jonathan Bhatia is currently the visiting assistant professor of music in trumpet at Lamar University's Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music. He has performed in various venues and competitions across the globe. He was a prizewinner at the International Prize Competition in Tuscany, Italy, a featured artist at the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Hershey, PA and a contributing artist at the 2017 International Horn Symposium in Natal, Brazil. Bhatia is also a three time winner of the Stanley Wilson Award, and the only two time winner of the Fred Ohlendorf Award for outstanding musicianship.

As a founding member and the principal trumpet of the Alias Brass Company, an internationally recognized brass chamber ensemble, Bhatia can be found making numerous performance and masterclass appearances across the globe. During their 2017-2018 season, the Alias Brass Company completed a six week, 29 performance Allied Concert Services tour and performed internationally in Alberta, CA and Natal, Brazil. As part of their educational mission, the Alias Brass Company regularly presents masterclasses and educational seminars for audiences of all ages in order to promote the instrumental art form and inspire creativity in the next generation of musicians and music appreciators.

In addition to his chamber experience, Bhatia has recently performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Brazos Valley Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Ballet, Southeast Symphony and the All-Star Brass. He has also held positions with the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra, as their tenured principal trumpet, the American Youth Symphony, as their second trumpet, and was fortunate enough to play alongside Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson in a live performance of “The Miners’ Hymn,” which was featured in the Los Angeles Times’ List of the Best 25 Classical Moments of 2014. As a recording artist, Bhatia has been featured on National Public Radio, can be heard playing on various films including the animated feature film Duck Duck Goose and releases recorded performances on a regular basis on his YouTube channel he shares with hornist Natalie Brooke Higgins, the BrassHaus Network.

Bhatia's flair for trumpet solo performance has earned him numerous appearances with ensembles of varying size and scope. Jonathan was featured as a soloist with the University of California, Los Angeles’ Philharmonic, the Debut Orchestra for their 60th Gala Celebration and performed the national anthem with Jens Lindemann at Pauley Pavilion for a sold out crowd of more than 12,000 people.

As a college professor, Bhatia educates music performance and education graduate and undergraduate trumpet students weekly through applied lessons, studio classes and chamber music. During his time at Lamar University he has increased the size of the Lamar University Trumpet Studio, and has provided them with numerous performance opportunities, including an appearance at the 2018 International Trumpet Guild Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Bhatia holds two degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Jens Lindemann and Tom Hooten. Additional mentors include Mark Hughes and Rob Roy McGregor.