Roque Diaz joined MacPhail Center for Music as the Director of School Partnerships in 2018. A first-generation Puerto Rican college graduate, he has persevered by creating opportunities and challenging stereotypes to cultivate a successful and consistent future in the arts. As an avid arts administrator, musician, educator, scholar, musician, father, and diversity activist, Roque advocates for more inclusive, culturally diverse, and relevant music education. Roque is currently guiding the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives at MacPhail as the new DEI Learning and Engagement Leader. He is a PhD candidate in Music Education and recipient of the Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowship (DOVE), Katherine and Gardner Roth Fellowship, Beverly & Richard Fink Summer Research Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. Further, Roque was recently named a 2020 BUSH Fellow and American Express NGen Fellow. These two prestigious fellowship programs will allow Roque the resources to pursue his interests in embedding diversity into the arts through equity, inclusion, and access.
Roque is also a trumpeter with a wealth of performance experience traveling 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.