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Melissa Muñoz is a vibrant trumpeter, educator and music equality activist. She enjoys playing various genres of music and has performed extensively across the United States. Melissa has a particular interest in chamber music and competed in the 2020 Virtual Fischoff Chamber Music Competition with Elm Street Brass Quintet. The group advanced to the semi-finals round and received the American Brass Quintet Prize. She has performed with The Dallas Winds, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, New Baroque Soloists, and New World Symphony. Melissa attended the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in 2020 and in 2019 attended both the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Orpheus@Mannes Chamber Music Intensive.
Melissa earned her Bachelor of Music degree at UT Austin in 2018 and graduated with her Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music in May 2020, where she was awarded the John Swallow Brass Prize. She also studied at the Colburn School under the tutelage of Jim Wilt.
Melissa has served as Adjunct Instructor of Brass at Cheshire Academy since 2019 and has maintained a private lesson studio since 2017. She has a passion for education and loves bringing out the best musicianship in her students. As a female brass player of color, she strives to promote diversity and inclusion in the music industry. Melissa is a co-founder of Brass Out Loud, an organization dedicated to uplifting musicians from underrepresented communities. She has lectured on the topic of diversity in the brass world at universities across the U.S. and will be presenting her lecture at the 2021 International Trumpet Guild Conference. Her hobbies include reading, running, and roller skating.