Isai Jess Muñoz, DMA
Dr. Muñoz currently serves as Associate Professor of voice and opera at the University of Delaware, as Vice President of The National Opera Association (NOA), and as chair of the Sacred in Opera Initiative— a division of the NOA that explores through research and performance, the interplay between music-drama and the ideologies of world religions. Dr. Muñoz is also a proud member of the NATS National Committee on Advocacy— an initiative geared to support inclusion and diversity in the fields of singing. In Fall 2018, Dr. Muñoz was named Associate Artistic and Executive Director at Musiktheater Bavaria (MTB) in Germany, which provides advanced singers and instrumentalists with mentorship from some of today's leading scholars and artists in the field of opera, musical theater, and early music. MTB’s students have gone on to win important competitions and secure positions in prestigious young artist programs, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Jensen Foundation Competition, the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, and the Merola Opera Program.
For his ongoing creative activities in education and performance, Dr. Muñoz has been recognized by the American Prize, the National Opera Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. As a much sought-after educator, he enthusiastically works with a vast array of students- from young collegiate singers to celebrity clients performing in music theatre, opera, and other varied areas of contemporary and classical commercial music. Actively maintaining a busy teaching studio in New York City and Delaware, students of Dr. Muñoz have appeared in opera houses throughout America, in the Broadway and National companies of many shows including, A Chorus Line, Chicago, Gypsy, Oklahoma, On The Town, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Finding Neverland, Jesus Christ Superstar, and on major recording labels including SONY, RCA, Atlantic, and Time Life.
Dr. Muñoz is a graduate of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and SUNY Stony Brook where he studied with W. Stephen Smith of The Juilliard School. He has formerly served on the teaching faculty of SUNY Stony Brook, The Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, the Rollins College Summer Music Academy and the University of Central Florida Summer Opera Institute. Prior to his appointment at the University of Delaware, from 2012-2016, Dr. Muñoz served as Associate Professor of voice and opera at Indiana Wesleyan University. As a guest lecturer and clinician, he has presented workshops on vocal performance for universities and performance programs throughout America and Europe.