Rodolfo Mireles-Manzano

Brownsville, Texas

Boston University, M.M, 2025
University of North Texas, B.M.E, 2022

Rudy Mireles-Manzano is currently Second Clarinet in the Boston Civic Symphony and is pursuing a Master of Music degree at Boston University under Rob Patterson. Previously, Rudy graduated from the University of North Texas and has studied with Dr. Phillip Paglialonga, Greg Raden, and Calvin Falwell.

Prior to his graduate studies, Rudy was an active freelancer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, performing with various regional orchestras. A passionate educator, Rudy teaches a private studio and has worked as a teaching artist for The Cliburn.

What inspired you to become a musician?
My mother inspired my pursuits in music. She was never able to learn how to make music and encouraged me to play the clarinet early on. She is the reason I am here!

Name three of your favorite composers:
Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy are some of the composers I thoroughly enjoy. There is a lot of depth and emotional intensity in their music that I find quite brilliant.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
Prior to pursuing music full-time, I was a freelance bass guitarist and singer. I frequently performed in a rock band and a Latin Jazz Orchestra from as young as 14.

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I love to lift weights, cook, and am always looking to try new things!

Why did you choose the NRO?
Having known various alumni of the NRO, they informed me of the impact it has had on their education and artistic ability. The NRO sounds like an incredibly inspiring place to be, and I truly want to be surrounded by like-minded individuals that are committed to developing their artistry. In addition to this, I hope to one day hold a seat in a full-time performing ensemble, and the training offered by the NRO is exactly the intensive experience I desired.