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 world including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS, N_SEME, and SCI local, regional, and national conferences. He has been an artist in residence at the Musical Production and Research Laboratory (LIPM) in Buenos Aires, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and at the Banff Centre. 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, Forward Motion, South Carolina String Project, The Other Music Ensemble, The Henri Mancini Institute String Quartet, Folie à Duex, the Nodus Ensemble, the White Ibis New Music Ensemble, Resound Duo, The Pneuma Ensemble, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Chamber Players, and the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra. David earned DMA in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Miami, his MM in Music Composition from Florida International University, and his BM in Music Composition at Florida State University. He has taught privately since 2004, and began teaching university-level classes in 2011. David is currently an adjunct professor of music at Miami Dade College's New World School of the Arts.