A harpist who has spread the beautiful sound of the harp in very unique, creative and avant
garde ways throughout many concert halls in her career.
Born in Torreon, Coah. Mexico, Maryen Munoz studied with Polish Ursula Mazurek at the
Superior School of Music in Monterrey, Mexico from 1981 to 1987. During the period from 1988
to 1991, she studied under Mercedes Gomez, in Mexico City. Maryen continued her studies in
London, England with Ieuan Jones from 1992 to 1995.
She attended private lessons, workshops and summer camps with Marian Shaffer in Memphis, TN
as well as with Enrique Nery (Jazz) and Octavio Vega (folk "jarocha" harp) in Mexico City.
Since making her debut as a performer in 1995, Maryen has appeared as soloist in numerous
recitals, concerts and theater performances in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, England
and the United States. She has played with the major symphony orchestras in Mexico and
abroad, such as La Orquesta de Camara de Bellas Artes, La Orquesta Filarmonica de la Cd. de
Mexico, in Peru with La Orquesta Filarmonica de la Universidad de Lima and in the United
States with El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
As soloist, she has performed the Flute and Harp Concerto by W.A. Mozart with the Camerata
de Coahuila and the premier of the Harp Concerto by R. Martin with the Bellas Artes Chamber
Orchestra in Mexico. With harpist Marcela Mendez, she performed the Concerto for two pianos
in Cm BWV 1060 by J.S. Bach with the UDER Chamber Orchestra in Argentina, arranged for two
harps by Maryen Munoz and Marcela Mendez.
In addition to performing the harp in classical settings, she has also experimented playing
different musical styles like jazz, pop and folk music. In recent years, she has explored
the relaxing effects the instrument has been known for and as a result has recorded harp
music aimed to help babies sleep. These recordings have been recommended by the Mexican
Association of Pediatricians’ official magazine.
In 1998 she published an introductory harp method book for children titled “Arpaso a pasito”
which includes Mexican nursery rhymes. She has been invited to several conferences,
workshops and talks to lecture about the study of harp for children in schools.
From 2001 to 2004, she acted as director of the School of Music and Dance Initiation at the
Ollin Yoliztli Cultural Center in Mexico City where she taught harp for 12 years.
Her discography include “Arrullo de Angel”, “Navidad de Angel” and “Noas Harp Music”, and a
DVD titled “Es Hora de Dormir”