Trumpet | Performance | Education

CD Review:

Raquel Rodriquez is a virtuoso of the first rank. The works on this program are among the most difficult of the turn-of-the-century cornet solo repertoire, a type of music noted for its difficulty. Rodriquez plays them with absolute perfection and musicality. The double and triple tonging passages are executed with delicacy and lightening speed. Lines that leap from high c above the staff to low G below the staff demonstrate her complete flexibility and command of the instrument. It’s not only Rodriquez’s flawless technique that is impressive but also her ability to shape those florid lines in a beautiful and musical manner is equally remarkable.

Historic Brass Society

Rodriquez navigated the music with ease, demonstrating a rich palate of colors… The most difficult passages sounded graceful, and she had an enviable light and delicate touch in the multiple-tonguing sections.

2016 ITG 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.”

2012 ITG Conference

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 Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Tennessee Tech University. 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 is principal trumpet of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra and Brass Arts Quintet, both faculty ensembles-in-residence at Tennessee Tech. 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 Synergy Brass Quintet, Sunflower Music Festival Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Lexington Brass Band, Athena Brass Band, Brass Theater with the Canadian Brass, and the Tony Award winning show, Blast!. Prior to her appointment at TTU, Raquel was the Associate Professor of Trumpet at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) from 2009-2016. 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 2013, Raquel recorded “Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt”.

Raquel has presented sessions at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Historic Brass Society Conference, TMEA (TX), OMEA (OH), KMEA (KY), and the International Trumpet Guild Conference. Raquel has served as an adjudicator at the National Trumpet Competition, International Trumpet Guild Conference, and 1st round-taped round of the 2016 Ellsworth Smith International Trumpet Solo Competition. 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/or recitals at the University of Arizona, TAMU-Corpus Christi, TAMU-Kingsville, Wright State University, Michigan State University, Luther College, University of Kentucky, University of Florida, University of Louisville, and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Raquel served as Co-Host of the 2014 International Women’s Brass Conference on the campus of NKU.

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.