David Dean Mendoza (b. 1979) writes various styles of contemporary music. His works juxtapose the traditional with the contemporary, the ancient with the avant-garde, and the accessible with the abstract. Sound sources often include silences, electronic sounds, non-Western instruments, and improvisation to produce something that has been described as ethereal and evocative. Since 2007, his works have been performed at festivals and conferences around the country including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS, N_SEME, and SCI local, regional, and national conferences. Internationally, he has participated in residences at the Musical Production and Research Laboratory (LIPM) in Buenos Aires, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and at the Banff Centre. His recent accomplishments include working with the Cleveland Orchestra, Montréal violinist Daphnee Sincennes, and the Toronto based Pneuma Ensemble.
His music has been performed by Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble, Florida International University New Music Ensemble, Friends University Percussion Ensemble, Reinhardt University Percussion Ensemble, South Carolina String Project, The Other Music Ensemble, The Henri Mancini Institute String Quartet, Folie à Duex, the Nodus Ensemble, Resound Duo, The Pneuma Ensemble, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Players, and the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. In 2015, the Toulouse Regional Conservatory selected his work fo