Raquel Samayoa leads a dynamic and engaging career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet, and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has taught since 2018. Dr. Samayoa additionally performs with Lantana Trio, a brass trio comprised of UNT faculty Natalie Mannix (trombone and Stacie Mickens (horn). Dr. Samayoa was previously on faculty at Tennessee Tech University and Northern Kentucky University.
Her performances have taken her to leading venues in the United States, Russia, Finland, Australia, China, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. As a member of the award-winning Seraph Brass, she frequently tours the United States and abroad performing concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances. Samayoa is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Denis Wick Artist and Clinician.
In demand as a performer and clinician, she has presented at the College Music Society Southern Conference, Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. She has been a guest artist at Brass Day of the Moscow Conservatory (RUS), Brass Day of the Melbourne Conservatorium (AU), South Texas Brass Symposium, 2019 Dallas Trumpet Workshop, and will serve as a guest artist at the 2021 Interlochen Trumpet Institute. Her articles have been published in The Instrumentalist, The Brass Herald and the ITG Journal. Her debut solo recording, Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt, is available on Amazon and iTunes. In January 2020, Dr. Samayoa released her first publication with Mountain Peak Music entitled Dueling Fundamentals for Two Trumpets.
An advocate for diversity and inclusion in the arts, Samayoa is on the advisory board for the Chromatic Brass Collective – an ensemble featuring BIPOC musicians. Raquel is also the executive editor for the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) Newsletter and will be a co-host for the 2022 IWBC hosted at UNT. As a member of Seraph Brass and Lantana Trio, Raquel has commissioned many works by female and BIPOC composers.
Samayoa holds the DMA in trumpet performance from the University of North Texas where she studied with renowned trumpet pedagogue, Keith Johnson. She earned the MA and Bachelor’s degree in music education from West Texas A&M University where she studied trumpet with David Ritter and wind conducting with Gary Garner.