One of the most active and outstanding trumpet players of her generation, she concluded her bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Baja California under the tutelage of John McFerran Wilds. Later she obtained the CONACYT-FINBA and The Fulbright Garcia-Robles scholarships to get her master’s degree at Ithaca College in New York where she studied with Dr. Kim Dunnick and her doctoral degree at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, with the trumpet players Alan Siebert and Philip Collins.
In addition to her academic formation, Armida Rivera has participated with major symphony orchestras and festivals including two programs with Jalisco Philharmonic in Mexico, a collaboration with composer Tae Hong Park (New York University) at the 25th Anniversary Interactive Arts Performance Series in New York, and a recital and master class at the University Autonomous of Mexico. She has also played as soloist with Tijuana Camerata, Baja California Symphonic Band, Baja California Orchestra and UABC-Symphony Orchestra. A passionate of contemporary music, Armida collaborates closely with numerous composers contributing to expand the fascinating repertoire of the trumpet, also, she has premiered new pieces with Baja California Orchestra, Ensemble X, CCM Chamber Players, New Music Ensemble-UABC and as soloist in recitals and music festivals.
Armida’s debut album “Solo Tromba” will be released in June 2019 through a free online platform featuring new music by Mexican composers and including one of her own compositions. She commissioned all the pieces through a grant earned in 2016 by the INBA Foundation. This album will be an artistic response to the current situation of all the immigrants on the Mexico-United States border.
Armida runs a successful online studio where she teaches students from all over the world. Also, she created the blog “La Hora del Café”, a space dedicated to talk about art and where she interviews musicians from Latin America, the blog has become in one of the most influential new websites in Latin America. Armida also has participated and continue participating at several El SISTEMA based programs in Mexico like Orquesta Esperanza Azteca in Ensenada and Puebla, REDES2025 in Mexicali and Tijuana, and Nucleos Comunitarios in Mexico City. Though this program Armida has learned that music itself knows no boundaries of languages, race of background.