Raquel Rodriquez will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. Raquel maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. Raquel is on the faculty of Tennessee Tech, serves as principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra, and performs with the Brass Arts Quintet, both faculty ensembles-in-residence at Tennessee Tech. Raquel is principal cornet with the Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band and a member of Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America.
Caleb Hudson will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as an Assistant Professor of Trumpet in August 2018. He is the newest member of the Canadian Brass, having graduated from the Juilliard School with both a Bachelor and Master of Music degree. Acclaimed by the New York Times as 'brilliantly stylish," Caleb made his solo debut with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
David Childs will join the faculty of the UNT College of Music as a Professor of Euphonium in August 2018.
Dr. Stacie Mickens joins the UNT College of Music faculty as an Associate Professor of Horn in August 2018. Prior to her appointment at UNT, Stacie Mickens was Associate Professor at the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University where she taught horn, coached brass chamber ensembles, and performed with the Dana Brass and Dana Woodwind Quintets. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) at the University of Michigan as a recipient of the Rackham Fellowship Award.
Steve Menard has enjoyed an extensive performing career throughout the United States and South America. Mr. Menard is currently Principal Trombone of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Utah Festival Opera Orchestra. He has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic and many others. In addition to his orchestral work, Mr.
Natalie Mannix, principal trombonist of the Delaware Symphony, is an avid soloist, chamber musician, orchestral performer and educator. In fall of 2016 she began her current position as Assistant Professor of Trombone at the University of North Texas after teaching 8 years at Towson University in Baltimore. Previously, she was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC for over 9 years where she performed with the brass quintet, concert and ceremonial band.
Assistant Professor Tanya Darby teaches lead trumpet lessons and Introduction to Jazz Recordings and directs the Three O'Clock Lab Band. She earned a master's degree in Jazz Performance from Rutgers University in 2012 and a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance from the Manhattan School of Music in 1998.
A respected jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and arranger, Mike Steinel has performed with Don Ellis, Bill Evans and Jerry Bergonzi, the Chicago Jazz Quintet, and the Frank Mantooth Big Band. Prior to his association with the University of North Texas, Steinel was jazz artist-in-residence at Bethel College and served on the jazz faculty of Northern Illinois University. His textbook, Building a Jazz Vocabulary, was published in 1994 by Hal Leonard Publications.
Terence Reynolds is an adjunct instructor of horn and chamber music at the University of North Texas. He is an original member of the Dallas Opera Orchestra horn section. He performs regularly with Texas Winds Musical Outreach, the Basically Beethoven Festival and numerous other Metroplex groups. He was a member of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for 15 years. He has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Montana Chamber Music Festival, Dallas Summer Musicals, and Casa Mañana Orchestra. He also toured with orchestras for Frank Sinatra and Andrea Bocelli.
Donald C. Little, Principal Tuba and Cimbasso of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, performs frequently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with many orchestras and ensembles including the Sundance Brass, Texas Winds Brass Quintet, and UNT Faculty Brass. During summers he performs with the Summit Concert Band and Blue River Brass of Summit County, Colorado. Little has performed and recorded with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and the German Radio-Symphony Orchestra of Berlin.