Meet the Faculty
Lia Uribe is associate professor of music at the University of Arkansas, and principal bassoonist of SoNA (Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas) and APO (Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra). Dr. Uribe maintains an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and artist-teacher. She has performed in venues and festivals in Colombia, Spain, Canada, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Finland, Argentina, Germany, Ecuador, Greece, Venezuela, Japan, Peru, England, and the United States, including solo and chamber recitals recitals at several International Double Reed Society conferences. Dr. Uribe performs and tours on a regular basis with the Lyrique Quintette, woodwind quintet in residence at the University of Arkansas.
Her research is centered in Latin-American and Latinx music. As an advocate for new works, Lia Uribe has premiered and commissioned numerous new works for the bassoon, including pieces by Colombian composers Jorge Humberto Pinzon, Johann Hasler, and Leonardo Idrobo; American composer Robert Mueller; Japanese composer Miho Sasaki; Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila; Brazilian/Argentine composer Noam Faingold; and Venezuelan composer Adina Izarra, among others. Dr. Uribe recently joined a consortium commission for a new concerto for bassoon and orchestral winds/percussion by Nico Muhly, that will be premiered with the University of Arkansas Wind Ensemble in the near future. She has been a guest artist-teacher at The PRIZM Music Camp & International Chamber Music Festival in Memphis, TN, a festival that features a diverse faculty of renowned international musicians working with a diverse group (gender, race and socio-economic) of over one hundred students from the greater Memphis area. Her quintet's CD "Arrivals and Departures: Music of the Americas" was published in 2018. Lia’s newest album, “Sound Perimeter,” featuring Latin-American and Latin-American inspired works for bassoon, piano and percussion, will be released in October of 2019.
Besides her music making, Dr. Uribe is passionate about inclusiveness, representation, and diversity in the arts. In 2017 she was a fellow for the NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts a Cultures) Leadership Institute, a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. Recently she was selected to participate in the 9th Annual NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute 2019, a 2-month virtual preparatory curriculum which culminated in a 3-day intensive training in Washington D.C., focused on building arts advocacy skills and arts policy shaping on the national and international stage.
Dr. Uribe’s work with the community connects her endeavors as a scholar with that of artists in her surroundings. Since 2018 Dr. Uribe has worked as a facilitator for Artist INC, a Mid-America Arts Alliance professional development program for artists. In January of 2019 she was invited to join the biennial Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Symposium for young women bassoonists from the Americas as a panelist, speaking of her work and its impact on people and communities. Presently, Lia Uribe chairs a Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness initiative for the University of Arkansas’s Department of Music, and is a member of the Walton Arts Center Board of Directors.
Originally from Cali, Colombia, Lia Uribe earned a bachelor’s degree in bassoon performance from Universidad Nacional de Colombia, followed by an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Lia Uribe also holds graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Kansas.