Leigh Muñoz is an avid pedagogue, entrepreneur, and performer, bringing a variety of experiences to her career. Leigh is Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory and on the faculty for the Bassoon Intensive at Interlochen Arts Camp. Prior to her appointment at UMKC, she has held bassoon teaching positions at Middle Tennessee State University, University of Missouri, Washburn University and Missouri State University.
Leigh is first-call substitute bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Ballet. She has held positions in Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA), Cedar Rapids Symphony, and Springfield (MO) Symphony. Leigh has performed as concerto soloist with the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Ottawa University Symphony Orchestra and Ohio University Symphony Orchestra.
An active member of the double reed community, Leigh is the online contrabassoon fingerings editor for the International Double Reed Society and co-vendor coordinator for Meg Quigley. She has also served as treasurer and web editor for Midwest Double Reed Society. Additionally, she has both performed and given performance clinics at multiple international and regional conferences including International Double Reed Society, Meg Quigley Vivaldi Symposium, Midwest Double Reed Society, and International Women in the Arts. Leigh is the former owner of her own reed business, GoBassoon Reeds, which provided professionals, amateurs and students from around the world with bassoon and contrabassoon reeds. In demand as a clinician she has spread her knowledge of entrepreneurship and reed making throughout the country.
Leigh has a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kansas with her research “Bassoon Pairings: A Theoretical and Performance Guide to the Duets with Bassoon of John Steinmetz.” She also holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio University and a Performance Diploma from New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers include George Sakakeeny, Eric Stomberg, Nancy Stutsman, and Richard Svoboda.