About Mateo Mendez
Get to know Mateo Mendez
Mateo Mendez is an oboist and woodwind doubler hailing from Forestville, NY. He is currently working on a masters degree in oboe performance at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD. In demand as a performer, Mateo serves as principal oboe for 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. In addition to his experience as a classical artist, 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. 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. Mateo believes that there is no limit to creativity and encourages all musicians to pursue their passions and to play music for the sake of music!