Source Song Festival is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Juan Carlos Mendoza to the inaugural position of Education Director.


Dr. Juan Carlos Mendoza, Tenor, is a native of Muscatine, IA. Over the past decade, he has made a name for himself as a soloist, choral singer, and educator. 

Based in Sioux Falls, Dr. Mendoza is currently an Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at The University of South Dakota in Vermillion and holds degrees from the University of Iowa and The Juilliard School. He is an active performer, educator, and scholar, and his premiere recording, “Finding a Voice” (MSR Classics MS1772), features Mexican Song Cycles after 1920. 

Source Song Festival’s Artistic Director Clara Osowski says, “Dr. Mendoza’s appointment to Education Director will enhance Source’s strong educational presence and scholarship in both underrepresented song repertoire and the continuance of research and scholarship. We are so fortunate to have him join our community, and this is a great way to begin the celebration of our 10th Anniversary Season.”


Some of Dr. Mendoza’s stage roles include the dual roles of Aarón/Javier in the world premiere of Tienda by Reinaldo Moya, Freddy in My Fair Lady, and Tigranes in Cavalli’s La Doriclea. Concert repertoire includes Tenor Soloist in The Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Mozart), Magnificat (Bach), Bolts of Melody (Ford), Featured soloist in Navidad Nuestra (Ramirez) and Tenor Evangelist in Passio (Pärt). As a choral performer, Dr. Mendoza has sung with ensembles such as Grant Park Music Festival Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, and Border CrosSing. As a recitalist, he has performed throughout the US, regularly performing Spanish-language music of Manuel M. Ponce, Salvador Moreno, and Carlos Guastavino. He premiered Masefield Songs, a song cycle for Tenor and Piano on poems of John Masefield, by composer Thomas F. Savoy. They can be heard on the recording Songs by Me- for You: A Selection of Art Songs by Thomas F. Savoy.

Mendoza received a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts degree from The University of Iowa, studying under John Muriello, Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, studying under W. Stephen Smith, with additional studies at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As a researcher, Mr. Mendoza has explored the music of post-revolutionary México through performance and recording, including his debut album with Jessica Monnier through MSR Classics, Finding A Voice: Mexican Song Cycles After 1920

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