Luis Viquez

Luis Viquez

Assistant Professor, Clarinet, Director of Orchestras

MUSIC

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Phone: (605) 677-5274

Email: Luis.Viquez@usd.edu

Website: https://www.luisviquez.com

Bio:

Costa Rican native Luis Víquez enjoys a versatile career both as a clarinetist and as an orchestral, opera and wind band conductor. Dr. Víquez joined the music faculty at USD in 2016 as the Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Clarinet, where he also oversees the graduate program in Orchestral Conducting and conducts the annual opera production. He also served as the Director of the University of South Dakota Concert Band, and has taught courses in orchestration, instrumental music literature, music theory and aural skills. He also serves as the Vice President of the College Orchestra Directors Association, North-Central Division. As a performer, he regularly appears with the South Dakota Chamber Winds and with the Víquez-Wadley Duo. Dr. Víquez has conducted and performed extensively throughout the United States, Costa Rica, England, Panama, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Taiwan. As a guest conductor, Víquez has led the orchestras of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri, the Cartago Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble of Kansas City, the Cartago National Symphonic Band, the Heredia Concert Band, the Truman Symphony Orchestra, the Truman State University Wind Symphony and Concert Band, the Puntarenas National Concert Band, and the National Symphonic Band of San Jose, Costa Rica. He has been a featured conductor at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Anaheim, California, and recently performed as a guest soloist at the 2016 Missouri Music Educators Conference and as a guest performer at the 2016 NACUSA National Composers USA Conference in Knoxville, TN. Opera conducting appearances include Menotti's "The Old Maid and the Thief" with the Truman Opera Theater in 2013, and Mozart's "Die Zauberflote", Britten's "The Turn of the Screw" with the UMKC Opera Theater in 2015 and 2016, and Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" (2017) and Menotti's "The Consul" (2018) with the University of South Dakota Opera. Luis Víquez is in high demand as a clinician and adjudicator, presenting instrumental conducting workshops and clarinet masterclasses regionally and internationally. and frequently appears as a clinician and conductor with the National Honor Orchestras and the National Directorate of Bands from the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica and the National Conservatory of Music in Honduras. Viquez is the former principal clarinetist of the Symphony Orchestra of Heredia-Costa Rica, having recorded in four of their awarded CD productions, and been featured as guest soloist for the 2012 season with Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto K. 622". In 2013, he was invited again to presented a revival performance of the first wind concerto ever written in Costa Rica: the Benjamín Gutierrez' "Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra". Other solo performances include Reich's "New York Counterpoint" with the Truman State University Clarinet Choir in 2012, Hoffmeister's "Clarinet Concerto" with the Truman Symphony Orchestra in 2014, Stravinsky's "Ebony Concerto" with the Cartago National Symphonic Band in 2015, Johann Stamitz' "Clarinet Concerto" on tour with the USD Chamber Orchestra, Scott McAllister's "Black Dog`" with the USD Symphonic Band, and Rossini's "Introduction, Theme and Variations" with the Sioux City Municipal Band in 2017. Luis Víquez has been a winner of the University of Costa Rica Honors Recital Competition in 2008 and 2009, the 2012 Missouri MMTA Graduate Woodwind Competition, the 2013 Truman Gold Medal Concerto Competition, the 2014 Robert Fountain Memorial Award and received the Outstanding Conductor Prize at the 2011 National Band Competition of Costa Rica, and the University of Costa Rica's College of Fine Arts and Letters Honorary Medal Award in 2009. In 2009, he was selected as the principal clarinetist of the Latin American Youth Wind Orchestra (Manizales, Colombia), and was one of the four Latin American musicians selected to perform in the 2011 World Youth Wind Orchestra (Chiayi City, Taiwan). Prior coming to the United States, Luis Víquez served as an instrumental music teacher at the Municipal Schools of Music of Cartago and Paraíso and performed as a clarinetist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and of the Cartago Municipal Orchestra. As a scholar, he has published academic articles - both in English and Spanish - about instrumental music rehearsal procedures, clarinet pedagogy, and Latin American symphonic repertoire in the Journal of the College Orchestra Directors Association, the WASBE World Magazine, the Revista Electronica "La Retreta", the Revista Educación de la Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and has co-authored a book about the music style of Costa Rican composer Benjamín Gutierrez, released by the University of Costa Rica Press in March 2016. He has degrees from the University of Costa Rica (BM Clarinet Performance), Truman State University (MA Clarinet Performance - MA Wind Band Conducting), the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (DMA in Orchestral and Opera Conducting); and has completed superior studies in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.


Teaching Interests:

Applied Clarinet, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Opera, Conducting, Music Theory, Chamber Music


Research Interests:

Clarinet Pedagogy, Latin American Orchestral and Band repertoire, Opera Conducting, Conducting Pedagogy, Instrumental Ensembles Pedagogy.


Education:

  • DMA, Orchestral and Opera Conducting, Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2017
  • MA, Clarinet Performance, Truman State University, 2014
  • MA, Wind Band Conducting, Truman State University, 2014
  • Licenciatura en Música, Clarinet Performance, University of Costa Rica, 2011
  • Bachelor of Music, Clarinet Performance , University of Costa Rica, 2010

Publications:

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  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Musical Elements as Dramatic Sources in Richard Strauss' Elektra, 66-72. Vol. X. Muncie, Indiana: Journal of the College Orchestra Directors Association, 2017.
  • Gifford, Robert, and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium: "The Practical Application of Techniques, Methods, or Procedures for improving intonation". Vol. 9, Iss. 2. Kansas City: WASBE World Magazine, 2017.
  • Gifford, Robert, and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium V: "Techniques, Methods or Processes for Improving Intonation and Teaching Musicians to Play Better in Tune", 5-9. Vol. 9, Iss. 1. Buchloe: WASBE World Magazine, 2017.
  • Gifford, Robert, and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium IV: "Blend and Balance of an Ensemble directly affect intonation". Vol. 8, Iss. 4. Buchloe: WASBE World Magazine, 2016.
  • Gifford, Robert M., and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium III: Some More "Basics" Related to Playing in Tune. Vol. 8, Iss. No. 2. Buchloe: WASBE World Magazine, 2016.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Benjamín Gutierrez y su Concierto para Clarinete y Orquesta: La primera composición para instrumentos de viento en Costa Rica (Chapter IV). In Benjamín Gutierrez: La Música es mi destino, edited by Ekaterina Chatski. San Jose: University of Costa Rica Press, 2016.
  • Gifford, Robert M., and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium II "How can I make our rehearsal time more effective". Vol. 8, Iss. No. 1. Buchloe: WASBE World Magazine, 2016.
  • Gifford, Robert M., and Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Teaching from the Podium I "Are We Teaching Our Musicians to Play Out of Tune". Vol. 7, Iss. No. 4. Buchloe: WASBE World Magazine, 2015.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Romantic Symphonic Music in Costa Rica Throughout the Compositional Style of Julio Mata in His Symphonic Poem El Libertador, 30-45. Vol. VII. Muncie, Indiana: Journal of the College Orchestra Directors Association, 2014.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. The Clarinet Concerto by Costa Rican Composer Benjamín Gutierrez, 50-53. Vol. 20 (2013). Buchloe: Journal of the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 2013.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Buscando un por que a los procesos de enseñanza y aprendizaje del clarinete en su etapa inicial, 1-20. Vol. Vol. 35, Iss. No.1. San Jose: Revista Educación de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 2011.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. La Creación de la Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Cartago. Vol. 1, Iss. No.4. San Jose: Revista Electrónica "La Retreta", 2008.

Awards and Honors:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistanship, Conservatory of Music and Dance, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2014
  • The Robert Fountain Memorial Award in Music Performance, Macro Analysis Creative Research Organization, Madison, Wisconsin, 2014
  • Winner, 2013-2014 Concerto Aria Competition, Truman State University, 2013
  • Conducting Fellowship, 2012 University of Texas at Austin "The Art of Band Conducing and Rehearsal Workshop", World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 2012
  • Graduate Teaching and Research Assistanship, Truman State University, 2012
  • Winner, 2012 Missouri Music Teachers Association State Woodwind Competition, Graduate Division, Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA), 2012
  • Outstanding Conductor Award, National Competition of Bands of Costa Rica, 2011
  • Clarinetist, 2011 World Youth Wind Orchestra, Chaiyi City, Taiwan (Selected by Audition), World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, 2011
  • Chamber Music Fellowship, 2010 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2010
  • Principal Clarinetist, Latin American Youth Wind Symphony, Manizales, Colombia (Selected by Audition), Yamaha Music Latin America, 2009
  • University of Costa Rica's College of Fine Arts and Letters Honorary Medal Award, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2009
  • Winner, University of Costa Rica Honor Recital Competition, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2009
  • Winner, University of Costa Rica Honor Recital Competition, University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, 2008

Presentations:

  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Instrumental Conducting Workshop with the Heredia National Concert Band. Presented at the Instrumental Conducting Workshop with the Heredia National Concert Band, Heredia, Costa Rica. (August 01, 2017)
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Guest Artist Clarinet Masterclass.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Guest Artist Clarinet Clinic.
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. "Retrato VI" for Clarinet Trio, Piano, Bass and Percussion by Costa Rican Composer Eddie Mora. Presented at the Truman State University Research Conference, Kirksville, MO. (2014)
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. The Woodwind Section of the Symphonic Band: Rehearsal Implications. Presented at the Lincoln High School Conducting Workshop, Heredia, Costa Rica. (August 19, 2013)
  • Viquez Cordoba, Luis Adolfo. Instrumental Conducting Workshop. Presented at the Efrain Sequeira Orchestra Festival, Cartago, Costa Rica. (July 1, 2013)