About Mateo Mendez
Get to know Mateo Mendez
Mateo Mendez is an oboist and woodwind doubler hailing from Forestville, NY. In demand as a performer, Mateo serves as English Hornist of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra in Bozeman, MT, and principal oboe of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra in Warren, PA. In addition to this, he is a frequent substitute with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Presque Isle ProMusica, and frequently appears in pit orchestras in the Western New York area. Steeped in a diverse performing background, Mateo has also found success in the jazz idiom, serving as director of the Fredonia Big Band during the 2018-2019 academic year. He was also a member of the Downbeat Award winning Fredonia New Jazz Ensemble, playing trumpet. When he's not playing classical or jazz, Mateo can be found playing saxophone in the band Karrot Kake. As a teacher, Mateo has maintained a private studio of oboe, clarinet, saxophone, and trumpet students, and also served as a long-term substitute for the instrumental music program in his home school district of Forestville. He is currently on staff in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's education department. Mateo holds degrees from the Peabody Institute (MM) and SUNY Fredonia (BM), with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Hidden Valley Festival of Winds.