Born in Miami, Florida Jessica Muñiz-Collado studied Music Composition at the Vermont College of Fine Arts under the direction of Emmy-nominated composer, music producer, and music supervisor Don DiNicola, and award-winning jazz pianist/composer Diane Moser. She also studied Percussion Performance at the University of Miami under the direction of renown percussionist/composer and Yamaha Artist Dr. Ney Rosauro, Vic Firth Artist Edward “Ted” Adkatz (former Principal Percussionist of the Chicago Symphony), Latin Percussion Artist Richard Bravo, and Pearl Drumset Artist Olbin Burgos just to name a few.
Master of Fine Arts, Music Composition (Emphases: Scoring for Media and Jazz)
Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Performance (Percussion)
She has compositions published with the HoneyRock Music Publishing Company, MalletLab Publications, and is a commissioned composer. Her compositions have been nationally and internationally performed in countries as far as Afghanistan, Argentina, and Italy. Her pieces have also been performed by members of the Diane Moser Big Band including legendary tubist, Howard Johnson, Boston's Callithumpian Consort Percussion Trio, members of New York's renowned Bang On A Can and Asphalt Orchestra, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra located in Alberta, Canada, and the Spokane New Music Ensemble. Jessica has also composed and worked as a sound designer for theatre and dance mediums. Her most recent dance commission was by choreographer Augusto Soledade for his distinguished Augusto Soledade BrazzDance company.
SCORING FOR MEDIA & PRODUCTION
She has worked as a composer/music producer for MundoFOX's television series "Los Golden Boys" (produced by Oscar De La Hoya & Mario Lopez), PBS, Odyssey Earth Films, an IMAX conservation film project, award-winning COPILOT Music+ Sound, Universal Production Music, award-winning INC24 imagination Productions, N.N. Media Productions, Open Door Film Productions, and many others. She's also an award recipient in the 2019 Hit Like A Girl International Competition: Music Technology 18+ Category.
PERFORMANCE AND RECORDING
She has had the privilege to perform and/or record with numerous musicians and percussion artists including Grammy-nominated saxophonist Steve Elson, world-renowned Indian Carnatic Vocalist Sudha Ragunathan, jazz vibraphonist Arthur Lipner, Anders Astrand, Jean Geoffroy, Ney Rosauro, trumpet all-star John Walsh, and NY Singer/Songwriter Jo-Hannah Reynolds. She has performed throughout North and South America, Europe, and has toured with the FROST Percussion Sextet in Japan.
TEACHING & CONSULTING
In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Music, Jessica teaches music production, music business, composition, and other music related courses online. She also offers music consulting services in music career planning & education, artist development, and artist management. She has presented multiple times at The NAMM Show/GenNext Conference in Anaheim, California, and was a guest lecturer at the international music conference LeRock & L'Amour held at the Universite Paul-Valery in Montpellier, France. Jessica is a NAMM/CMS Fellow grant recipient, and she has been a guest speaker at numerous multimedia conferences She also believes in giving back to her community and volunteers at events where she can use the arts in fun and creative ways to support a cause. Recently, Jessica has been selected to serve as a judge for the 2020 Hit Like A Girl-Beats By Girlz Beatmaking Contest.
Her pieces have received positive reviews from the Percussive Arts Society: Percussive Notes magazine, Digital Drummer magazine, Artburst Miami MAZ: MiamiArtZine and Music Connection Magazine for her compositional work with the Augusto Soledade's BrazzDance Production Shade.