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Max Mendez is a Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For the last fifteen years, he has conducted the NIC Cardinal Chorale, Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Cardinal Voices. Choirs under his direction have performed concerts in Mexico, San Francisco, and at Carnegie Hall.
He is an active guest conductor, clinician, presenter, and adjudicator for festivals and workshops internationally, and throughout Idaho and Washington. Max has served as a conductor and musical director for Eastern Washington University, Spokane Civic Theater, and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. Max is currently the president for the Idaho chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
As a performing musician, he has spent the last thirty years as a concert, theater, and opera artist. He has sung to critical success in the Northwest Bach Festival and with the Spokane Symphony and Spokane Opera.
As an opera artist, he has performed with Los Angeles Music Center Opera, Opera Pacific, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Opera, Opera Idaho, and Inland Northwest Opera. He has performed with many of the finest concert ensembles in the Inland Northwest including the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Walla Walla Symphony, and Mid-Columbia Symphony. His versatility as a singer ranges from opera and oratorio to musical theatre, cabaret, and popular styles. As an ensemble singer, Max has toured China with Kentucky Harmony and the Chuck Nation Band. Max was a founding member and artistic director of Spokane Choral Artists and a proud member of both Male Ensemble Northwest (MEN) and Spokane Kantorei.
Max Mendez is a licensed Body Mapping teacher through the Association for Body Mapping Education and has presented workshops and sessions throughout the Northwestern United States and for the Fifth Shenzhen Choral Expo (China).
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