Raul Munguia


About Raul A. Munguia

Dr. Raul Munguia is Director of Orchestras and the violin/viola professor at Pittsburg State University where he teaches applied for Upper Strings,  Chamber Music, String Tech courses, and leads the Graduate Orchestral Conducting Program. Dr. Munguia is a thriving conductor, chamber musician, and orchestral musician who received his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Texas Tech University. Dr. Munguia holds a Masters in Music from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with emphasis in orchestral conducting and violin performance and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

A strong advocate of music education, Dr. Munguia has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and coach for several District and Honor orchestras in Missouri, Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Honduras. Dr. Munguia enjoys an active guest conducting schedule working with orchestras in his native country of Honduras, El Salvador, Chile, & Brazil. In 2020, he will make his European debut with the Dundee Symphony Orchestra in Dundee Scotland. Dr. Munguia is also the founder of the first Orchestral Conducting Workshop of Honduras hosting its first edition in January of 2019. At PSU, he also hosts the Pitt State International Conducting Workshop every other year bringing aspiring student conductors from Latin America.

A passionate proponent for the chamber music genre, Dr. Munguia launched in 2019 his chamber ensemble "Duo Capriccioso" with flutist Denissa Rivas exploring Latin American Repertoire as well as nearly four centuries of rare works as well as continue to commission new works. Dr. Munguia also founded the Pittsburg Music Festival held annually every summer in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas. Having just completed its 7th season, the Pittsburg Music Fest promises to continue to grow as it has in the first seven seasons bringing many local, regional, and nationally renowned artists.

Dr. Munguia serves as the Principal Violist of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, section-violin of the Fort Smith Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas. Along with his active orchestral career, his latest commitments as a soloist include the Honduras Philharmonic Orchestra, the Paraguay Symphony Orchestra, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony, the San Pedro Sula Symphony, among others. He has performed in numerous recitals in the US as well as in Latin America collaborating with artists exploring newly composed works from Latin American composers. 

Dr. Munguia is the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony at Pittsburg State University and the PSU Chamber Orchestra. With the assistance of a wonderful group of students, faculty, board members, and a great community, Dr. Munguia has brought the symphony to new heights. His collaborations with established artists such as Mark O’Connor, Jeri Sager, Terri Mike Jeffrey, and many local and regional artists, Dr. Munguia has transformed the orchestra in the last seven seasons taking it out of the classroom to a more recognizable regional ensemble performing in the SEK region, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Furthermore, during the 2019 - 2020 season, the symphony will not only play in its home concert hall, The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, but will also perform in October at the Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and the Century II Hall in Wichita, Kansas for the 2020 State Music Convention. 

Education

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
Raul Munguia
Raul Munguia
Associate Professor/Violin, Viola, Conducting, Director of Orchestras

Phone: (620) 235-4472

Office: 405 McCray Hall

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