Rebecca Ortiz is currently studying at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing her doctoral degree in Trumpet Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Dr. Ryan Gardner. Originally from Laredo, Texas, Rebecca received her B.M. from the University of Texas at Austin – Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, and her M.M. from Southern Methodist University – Meadows School of the Arts. Rebecca has been an avid chamber musician, freelance artist, and private lesson teacher over the last eight years. She frequently plays with many local churches and ensembles to maintain her diversity in freelance performance outside of school ensembles and concerts. While obtaining her degrees, Rebecca studied with many world renowned teachers and performers including Ray Sasaki, Billy Hunter, Peter Bond, Ryan Gardner, Justin Bartels, Marie Speziale, and Ryan Anthony.