Department of Music - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi


Rai Morales

Rai Morales is the Associate Professor of Trombone at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He currently serves as the Music Director for the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Trombone Choir and Mariachi de la Isla. 

Dr. Morales received his Bachelor of Music Degrees in Music Education and Trombone Performance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville as well as his Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees in Trombone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin.  His Primary teachers include Ralph Morales, Hector Navarro, Victor Gunnoe, Dr. Paul Hageman, and Dr. Nathaniel Brickens.

As a solo musician, Dr. Morales has won or placed in several prestigious solo trombone competitions including the International Trombone Association Frank Smith Competition, The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” Eastern Trombone Workshop, The Kingsville Young Performers Competition, and The Texas Tech University Big XII Solo Trombone Competition. 

As an active solo performer, chamber performer, and clinician.  He has recently performed and taught at various locations throughout the United States, including The University of Iowa, The University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, Huston-Tillotson University, Florida State University, The University of Florida, and Valdosta State University.

Dr. Morales’ Islander Trombone Choir has performed at the Texas Tech University Big XII Trombone Conference, The Texas State University  Trombone Symposium, the U.S. Army Band “Perishing’s Own” American Trombone Workshop, and has presented a clinic performance at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention.

Dr. Rai Morales is a Michael Rath Trombone Artist and Clinician. 

When he is not teaching or performing, he enjoys spending his time with his wife Rosie and his two children, Katie and Rai.

Associate Professor of Music

Office: Bay Hall, Rm 113
Phone: (361) 825-2281
Fax: (361) 825-6097