Roque Diaz

Diaz, Roque

Band, Composition, General Music, Trumpet/Cornet

Roque Diaz joined MacPhail Center for Music as the Director of School Partnerships in 2018. He is a PhD candidate in Music Education and Creative Studies & Media at the University of Minnesota. Roque is in the process of writing his dissertation which focuses on embedding diversity into the arts through equity, inclusion, and access. He is currently a Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship (DOVE) Recipient, Katherine and Gardner Roth Fellowship Recipient, and Beverly & Richard Fink Summer Research Fellowship Recipient, all at the University of Minnesota.

Roque brings both international and local music education experience to MacPhail including, teaching music to children in North America, London, Japan, and Singapore, teaching as an Adjunct Professor with the University of Manitoba, and piloting a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant with Brooklyn Center Public Schools. He recently consulted with the American Composers Forum’s NextNotes composition contest, where he provided strategic leadership to move the NextNotes contest toward diversity goals concerned with civic engagement, social justice, inclusion, and access.

Roque is also a trumpeter with a wealth of performance experience travelling the world performing in such hit shows as “Jersey Boys”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Josh Groban on Tour”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Chicago the Musical”, “Blast!”, and more. As a classical musician, he has performed as a soloist and section member with major international orchestras and continue to perform orchestral, chamber, contemporary, Latin, jazz and other music. Roque’s vision is to provide consistent and sustainable employment to all artists from diverse backgrounds.