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ITG 2012 Conference
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

…a bravura performance…a female Herbert L. Clarke… played with aplomb…excellent playing- The Brass In Concert Championships (Gateshead, England) November 15, 2009.

Raquel Rodriquez is the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northern Kentucky University School of the Arts.  At NKU, Raquel teaches applied trumpet and is the director of the Trumpet Ensemble and Concert Band. Dr. Rodriquez additionally serves as the Campus Liaison for the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.

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 free-lances 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. Raquel is also an associate member with Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of top female brass players in North America. Other past 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 prizewinner 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. In 2012, Raquel was awarded an NKU Faculty Project Grant and recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt” in 2013.

Active in her discipline, Raquel served as Co-Host of the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference on the campus of NKU. Raquel is the Editor of the Trumpet Technology Column in the International Trumpet Guild Journal and Co-Editor of the ITG Video Page. Raquel’s scholarly activities have resulted in articles published in the Instrumentalist Magazine and ITG Journal. An active clinician, Raquel has recently presented master classes and recitals at Michigan State University, Luther College, University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Louisville, and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. In 2015-16, Raquel will serve as a clinician/presenter at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Anaheim, CA.

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 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.