Dr. Raúl Munguía
Dr. Raúl Munguía

Dr. Raúl Munguía is Director of Orchestras and Professor of Violin and Viola at Pittsburg State University. Now in its 8th season, he is the Music Director and Conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony and the Crawford County Philharmonic, both regional ensembles based in Pittsburg, Kansas.  

At PSU, Munguía leads the graduate programs in Orchestral Conducting and the Violin/Viola undergraduate and master levels in performance. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the San Pedro Sula Symphony Orchestra in his native country of Honduras and has appeared with the Honduran Philharmonic, the San Vicente Music Festival in Chile, the Victoriano López Conservatory Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, the San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, the JOCA in EL Salvador, the Drury-Springfield Civic Orchestra, the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony, among others. Some of the 2019-20 season highlights include a Gala Performance with the SEK Symphony in the Kauffman Center, Century II Hall at KMEA, guest conducting the San Vicente Music Festival in Chile, and guest conducting the Dundee Symphony Orchestra in Dundee, Scotland.  

As a strong advocate of music education, Dr. Munguía has conducted several District and Honor orchestras in Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, and Honduras. A passionate proponent for the chamber music genre, he launched his chamber ensemble Duo Capriccioso In the summer of 2019. He also founded the Pittsburg Chamber Music Festival held every summer in the city of Pittsburg, Kansas. Now on its seventh edition, the festival brings together renowned national and regional artists to the SEK.

Dr. Munguía is also 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 appeared with the Symphony Orchestra of Paraguay, the University of Asunción Festival Orchestra, and the San Pedro Sula Camerata, among others. He has also held the concertmaster chair position with The San Pedro Sula Chamber Orchestra, The Honduran Symphony Orchestra, and The Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. He has also collaborated with orchestras such as The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Santa Fe, NM, Mississippi Symphony, The Mobile Symphony, and The Midland-Odessa Symphony performing on both period and standard violin. He is a current member of the Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas, the Fort Smith Symphony and the Springfield Symphony in Missouri.

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 Masters 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.