Leigh Muñoz is adept as an orchestral musician, entrepreneur and educator and brings a variety of experiences to her career.
Leigh is the founder and owner of GoBassoon Reeds, which provides professionals, amateurs and students from around the world with bassoon and contrabassoon reeds. In demand as a clinician she has spread her knowledge of reed making throughout the country.
Leigh is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory. She is also on the faculty for the Bassoon Institute 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. She is second bassoon of Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). She has held contrabassoon positions in both the Springfield and Cedar Rapids Symphonies and was a regular substitute bassoonist and contrabassoonist with the Kansas City Symphony, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Ballet. 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.
Also an active member of the double reed community, Leigh has both performed and given clinics at multiple international and regional conferences including International Double Reed Society, Meg Quigley Vivaldi Symposium, Midwest Double Reed Society, Mizzou International Composer's Festival, and International Women in the Arts. She is currently the online contrabassoon fingerings editor for IDRS and co-vendor coordinator for Meg Quigley. She has served Treasure and Web Editor for Midwest Double Reed Society.
In 2020, Leigh completed her 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, and Richard Svoboda.