Raquel Rodriquez 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 Brass Band at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has taught since 2018. She 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. Dr. Samayoa is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies.
Raquel serves on the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Board of Directors and is the co-editor of the International Women’s Brass Conference (IWBC) newsletter. She frequently serves as an adjudicator for the National Trumpet Competition and ITG Conference. Dr. Samayoa will serve as a co-host for the 2021 International Women’s Brass Conference. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in The Instrumentalist and International Trumpet Guild Journal. She recently presented sessions at the College Music Society Southern Conference, Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, and International Trumpet Guild Conference. Dr. Samayoa published Dueling Fundamentals for Two Trumpets with Mountain Peak Music in the Spring of 2020.
Dr. Samayoa has been invited as a guest artist and clinician at several universities and conferences across the country. Raquel was recently a guest artist at the Brass Day of the Moscow Conservatory (RUS), Brass Day of the Melbourne Conservatorium (AU), South Texas Brass Symposium, Dallas Trumpet Workshop, and will be a guest artist at the 2020 Interlochen Trumpet Institute. Raquel will make her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Fillmore Wind Band in 2021.
In 2013, Raquel recorded Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Raquel will release her second album, Trumpet Songs, in the Fall of 2020, which will feature works for trumpet by all female composers.
Dr. 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 Mr. David Ritter and wind conducting with Dr. Gary Garner.
Raquel lives in Denton and is happily married with one daughter, Alex; a rambunctious dog, Mimi; and a grumpy but loveable cat, Lulu.