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. Dr. Samayoa additionally performs with Lantana Trio, a Brass Trio comprised of UNT Brass Faculty. 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 US 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. She recently presented sessions at the College Music Society Southern Conference, Midwest Clinic, Historic Brass Society Symposium, and the International Trumpet Guild Conference.

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, and the 2019 Dallas Trumpet Workshop. Raquel will make her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the Fillmore Wind Band in May of 2021.

In 2013, Raquel recorded Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt, which 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."

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.