Juan Mendoza currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Ohio Christian University and Ohio Wesleyan University. He has performed with professional orchestras and chamber groups including the San Antonio Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Westerville Symphony, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, and McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. Juan has presented several masterclasses and clinics throughout Illinois, Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio on topics related to commissioning new music, implementing musicianship into music education for young students, kinesthetic learning methods, multi-disciplined collaborations, effective practice techniques, and community engagement through music. In 2008, Juan was awarded a research grant for his research and presentations on extended vibraphone techniques in the contemporary percussion repertoire. In 2010, he also received a grant to further his research on the effects of caffeine and sleep on muscle memory consolidation for percussionists. Juan was a Graduate Fellow and Graduate Teaching Associate at The Ohio State University where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion. He also received his BM and MM in Percussion Performance from the University of Texas-San Antonio and Belmont University. His teachers include Susan Powell, Joseph Krygier, Christopher Norton, Sherry Rubins, Rich Graber, Todd London, and Chester Thompson. Juan is also a founding member of the MaD Arts Group, which is a performing group dedicated to creating new repertoire that combines the disciplines of dance and percussion. MaD Arts Group has been commissioned by various venues to create original compositions and choreography for various festivals and performance events. Juan is an active freelance musician throughout Ohio and the Midwest and maintains a private lesson studio of 50 plus students each year.
Dr. Juan Mendoza
Professor of Percussion