Rodriquez’s cornet sound was velvety and florid as she easily navigated the extreme technical challenges presented in these pieces. She displayed a rare blend of virtuosic technique and fine musicality throughout.” ITG Journal
I was very impressed, as was the audience, with her great sound, easy approach to the instrument and the confident presentation of a technically demanding work. Rachel showcased her complete control of the instrument…Brass Band Bridge
Raquel is a versatile musician having appeared as a clinician, soloist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China. Raquel freelances frequently with many regional orchestras in Kentucky and Ohio, is the principal cornet with the Lexington Brass Band, and is a member of the Cincinnati-based ensemble, The Ohio River Brass Quintet. Other performing credits include the Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Fountain City Brass Band, Athena Brass Band, Brass Theater with the Canadian Brass, and the Tony Award winning show, Blast!. She was a performing member of the internationally known Synergy Brass Quintet in their 2008-09 national tour and performed in over 200 concerts and clinics across the nation. Dr. Rodriquez is a clinician for the Conn-Selmer and Denis Wick Companies.
Raquel has been praised for her performances on trumpet and cornet. She has been a trumpet/cornet prize-winner at NABBA (North American Brass Band Association), the US Open Brass Band Championships, the National Trumpet Competition, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. As a soloist, Raquel has performed with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, NKU Symphonic Winds and Chamber Orchestra, Fountain City Brass Band, Lexington Brass Band, Lima Area Band, Fillmore Wind Band and Frank Simon Band.
Raquel is the Editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal’s Trumpet Technology Column and is the Co-Editor of the ITG Video Website. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and ITG Journal. Additionally, she annually serves as a Conference Reporter for the ITG Journal. In 2014, she was awarded the University Teacher of the Year (2013-14) for District VI in Kentucky (KMEA). In 2012, Raquel was awarded an NKU Faculty Development Grant and recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity” The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt in 2013.
Dr. Rodriquez 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 Mr. David Ritter. As a young trumpeter growing up in West Texas she began her trumpet studies with David Fortenberry.
As a teacher, she has enjoyed success in her college studio at NKU as well as with her private students who consistently earn top chairs in various district, regional and state festivals. Her students have gone on to successful careers as teachers and many have pursued advanced degrees in performance at some of the premiere graduate schools in the nation.