Cory Mendenhall

Conductor Cory Mendenhall on how Performing in Carnegie Hall Encourages Musicians to Pursue Excellence, Even after the Concert is Over

Cory Mendenhall, and his wife Aprel are the parents of four beautiful children. Mendenhall is in his seventh season as Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chair at Maple Mountain High School in Mapleton, UT. He enjoyed a successful tenure serving in the same positions at Provo High School, and served as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Mapleton Chorale. In addition to his work at Maple Mountain, Cory works as Associate Dean and Conductor of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. He also serves as organist for the Missionary Training Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and serves on various advisory music education councils. Mendenhall holds a master's degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and earned his bachelor's degree in choral music education from Utah State University. His mentors include Ronald Staheli, Will Kesling, Rosalind Hall, Jean Apploine, James Drake, and Douglas Bush. We asked him to share a little about his experience in Carnegie Hall:

MAP: How did you hear about MidAmerica Productions?
Cory:
I became familiar with MidAmerica Productions via advertisements that arrived both via email and snail-mail. I then took the opportunity to browse the MidAmerica website, and became familiar with MidAmerica's long-standing tradition of exceptional concert productions, specifically centered in Carnegie Hall.

MAP: Why do you think the MidAmerica Experience is important?
Cory:
Far too often, qualified musicians are not given the opportunity to perform in prestigious and such historically-nuanced venues such as Carnegie Hall. The MidAmerica experience provides not only the opportunity for ensembles to strategically prepare for a high-quality performance experience in renowned and rewarding venues, but for exceptional educational and rehearsal experiences under the direction of highly-qualified conductors and practitioners who have solidified their craft. Additionally, MidAmerica's professional work in audience development brings qualified ensembles to New York City to perform for a legitimate, appreciative audience.

MAP: If you have performed previously with MidAmerica, when was that?
Cory:
I first brought my Provo High School Chamber Singers to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2009. In 2011, I brought the Mapleton Chorale to perform in Alice Tully Hall. Finally, in 2016, the Maple Mountain High School Choirs and Orchestra performed Vivaldi's Gloria in Carnegie Hall.

MAP: What was the main musical experience that your performers took away from their residency in NYC, which culminated in their Carnegie Hall performance?
Cory:
Critical conductors, educators, and musicians who wish for their participants and ensembles to experience true greatness seek out opportunities like the ones MidAmerica provides. Mediocrity is far too common in our world of music-making. To truly prepare an ensemble worthy of an appearance and performance in Carnegie Hall is every bit worth the effort, time, and financial resources required. It is then, that your ensemble not only prepares well for Carnegie, but for an entire season (and beyond) of superior music-making, not to mention the strong social connections your participants make as they truly achieve superior levels of learning, performance, and retention.

Over the past 34 years, MidAmerica Productions has produced over 1300 concerts in Carnegie Hall and at historic halls all over the world. To have your ensemble perform in Carnegie Hall or internationally, call us at 212-239-0205 or visit us at www.midamerica-music.com.

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Over the past 34 years, MidAmerica Productions has produced over 1300 concerts in Carnegie Hall and at historic halls all over the world. To have your ensemble perform in Carnegie Hall or internationally, call us at 212-239-0205 or visit us at www.midamerica-music.com.

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