- Fain Fine Arts Center
- College of Fine Arts, Fain
Rafael Powell II is a freelance woodwind teacher, clinician, and performer based in Dallas-Fort
Worth; he joined the Midwestern State University faculty as Visiting Instructor of Single Reeds
in 2023, where he teaches applied saxophone, clarinet, woodwind methods, and improvisation.
Rafael has performed across the nation as a touring musician with various artists, including R&B
artist Sean Fresh and as the woodwind player for Chilldren of Indigo. Outside of shows, Rafael
can be heard on singles and albums from Sean Fresh, Chilldren of Indigo, Ladi, Kwestion, Dazz & Brie,
Andromeda, Big Piph, Austin Dean Ashford and more.
As a classical artist, he has performed at the NASA Region IV Conference, CMS South Central
Conference, SCI Conference, and Mana Saxophone Institute. Along with these conference
performances, Rafael has performed with the Sherman Symphony, Little Rock Wind Symphony,
Stardust Big Band, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Rockwall Summer Musicals, and Flutopia Flute
Beyond performing and recording, Rafael has taught woodwinds since 2010. Through the years
he has taught at various schools in Central Arkansas, East Texas, and West Texas, giving
Masterclasses, lessons, and recitals. He also serves the Dallas Symphony Orchestra as a
Woodwind Teaching Artist. As a teacher, Rafael believes in meeting students where they are,
showing them a patient path, and using music to encourage them to go beyond.
Rafael is a Doctoral Candidate at Texas Tech (ABD), where he studied with Professor David
Dees. He holds degrees from Texas A&M University â Commerce (MM) and Henderson State
University (BM). His primary teachers are Dr. Steve Becraft, Dr. Jennifer Amox, Dr. Chris Beaty,
Dr. Mary Alice Druhan, and Dr. Julee Walker.
|Texas A&M University - Commerce||Masters of Music: Woodwind Performance||2018|
|Henderson State University||Bachelor of Music: Saxophone Performance||2016|
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