Dr. Raquel Rodriquez Samayoa

Faculty, Interlochen Trumpet Institute

Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band, University of North Texas; Trumpet, Seraph Brass

D.M.A., Trumpet Performance, University of North Texas; M.A., Music Education, West Texas A&M University; B.A., Music Education, West Texas A&M University

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. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she was 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 U.S. 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 has additionally served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition and ITG Conference. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in The Instrumentalist and International Trumpet Guild Journal.

Dr. Samayoa has been invited as a guest artist and clinician at several universities and conferences across the country. She recently presented sessions at the College Music Society Southern Conference, Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, the International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and GMEA conferences. 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, and the 2019 Dallas Trumpet Workshop.

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 first publication with Mountain Peak Music titled "Dueling Fundamentals for Trumpet" in the Fall of 2019.

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 David Ritter and Wind Conducting with Dr. Gary Garner.