Dr. Raúl Antonio Munguía is Director of Orchestras and Professor of Violin and Viola at Pittsburg State University. Dr. Munguia is in his third season with theSoutheast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, the PSU Chamber Orchestra, and Second season with YOSEK: Youth Orchestras of Southeast Kansas.
Dr. Munguía is a versatile musician combining his work in orchestral conducting with an active career as an orchestral musician and a chamber player. As a violinist, he has held the concertmaster chair position with The San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, The Honduran Symphony Orchestra, The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with orchestras such as TheLubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Santa Fe, NM, Mississippi Symphony, The Mobile Symphony, The Midland-Odessa Symphony performing on both period and standard violin. His orchestral experience has given him the opportunity to perform with world renowned soloists such as Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Plácido Domingo, Yo Yo Ma, Christopher Parkening, Susan Graham, Emanuel Ax, Ruggiero Ricci, James Galway, Joshua Bell and Mark O’Connor. His latest commitments include performing in South America with the National Symphony of Paraguay, the University of Asuncion International Summer Camp in 2013 and Conducting the San Pedro Sula Camerata and the Victoriano Lopez Symphony in his native country of Honduras in July of 2014. He will be soloing with the Victoriano López Symphony in September of 2014, and also he will be presenting recitals in Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Kansas as part of his recruitment endeavors for Pitt State.
As a conductor, Raúl has been guest conductor of the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, the Victoriano López Symphony, the University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. A passionate for the Opera genre, he has conducted the TTU Opera Company, Midland-Odeassa Opera Company, the University of Southern Mississippi Theater Opera Company, The Pittsburg State University Opera and Theater company, and the Philharmonic Choir of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Future conducting engagements include guest conducting in Tegucigalpa the ‘Manos Blancas’ social project from the Venezuelan award winner program: El Sistema in September 2014 and the Honduras National Symphony Orchestra in the Spring of 2015.
As a music educator, Dr. Munguía was a recipient of the Don and Kay-Cash Grant from the Graduate School at Texas Tech that allowed him to do research in his native country Honduras on 20th Century Honduran composers. He was also recipient of the TTU String Project Research Grant, as part of the research trip to Maceió, Brazil in May of 2012. Dr. Munguia holds a Doctoral in Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Tech University where he studied with Dr. Andrew George and Dr. Bruce Wood; A Master in Orchestral Conducting and Violin Performance from Northwestern State University of Louisiana studying violin with Dr. Andrej Kurti, and orchestral conducting with Dr. Douglas Bakenhus. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from The University of Southern Mississippi under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Redfield working on both standard and period violin.
Dr. Munguía lives in Pittsburg, KS with his wife, flutist Denissa Rivas; Sons Daniel (17) and Andrés (14), and their three birds (Do, Re, Mi) and their turtle (Bonito).
D.M.A., Texas tech University, Texas, U.S.A.
M.M., Northwestern Sate University, Louisianan, U.S.A.
B.M., University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Performance diploma Victoriano López Music Conservatory