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.
Applied Clarinet, Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Opera, Conducting, Music Theory, Chamber Music
Clarinet Pedagogy, Latin American Orchestral and Band repertoire, Opera Conducting, Conducting Pedagogy, Instrumental Ensembles Pedagogy.
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