Raquel Samayoa

Assistant Professor of Trumpet


Instrumental Studies, Brass

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Raquel Samayoa is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Samayoa maintains a versatile career as a performing artist, clinician, educator, and scholar. She has performed throughout China, Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Raquel is a member of Seraph Brass, a quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. The group performs frequently around the country and abroad. The group was recently featured at the 2018 Lieksa Brass Week in Lieksa, Finland and will be featured artists at the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami (FL).

As an orchestral trumpeter, she was recently principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra (TN) and a former member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic, Orchestra Kentucky, Richmond Symphony (IN), Plano Symphony (TX), Irving Symphony Orchestra (TX), and many other groups.

An active clinician, Raquel has given recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions worldwide and has performed or presented clinics at conferences of the College Music Society (Southern Regional Conference), Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), GMEA, and the International Trumpet Guild. Raquel was recently a guest artist at the Brass Day of the Melbourne Conservatorium (AU), University of West Georgia, Berry College (GA), Virginia Tech University, TAMU-Corpus Christi, TAMU-Kingsville, Michigan State University, Luther College, University of Kentucky, and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in The Instrumentalist magazine and ITG Journal.

Raquel has been a prizewinner at the International Women’s Brass Conference, National Trumpet Competition, and at brass band competitions in North America: NABBA and the U.S. Open Brass Band Competition.  Raquel has performed as soloist with the Bryan Symphony Orchestra (TN), Topeka Symphony Orchestra (KS), UNT Symphony Orchestra, Tennessee Tech Symphony Band, Fillmore Wind Band, Frank Simon Band, Lexington Brass Band, Athena Brass Band, Fountain City Brass Band, and Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Band (TN). In 2013, Raquel recorded Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt which is available on Amazon and iTunes. Dr. Rodriquez is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick companies.

Raquel has served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and International Trumpet Guild (ITG) Conference. Active in the ITG organization, She is the Editor of the Trumpet Technology Column in the ITG Journal and serves on the Board of Directors. Raquel co-hosted the 2018 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast and the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference.

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 with David Ritter.