Dr. Cory Mendenhall and his wife, Aprel, are the parents of four beautiful children. Mendenhall serves as Dean & Musical Director of Millennial® Choirs and Orchestras (MCO®) and principally administers MCO’s Utah and California locales. Alongside his colleagues, Mendenhall has served as conductor for four of MCO’s albums: To Be American (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart), Amazing Grace: Songs of Atonement, Millennial Song (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard’s Classical & Classical Crossover Charts), and Star of Wonder.
Prior to his work with MCO, Mendenhall served as Director of Choral Activities at Maple Mountain High School and Provo High School respectively. His unique and informed work with adolescent voices in the choral setting brought celebrated regional and nationally renowned attention to his high school choirs, known for their beautiful tone, stellar musicianship, and choral artistry. Selected by rigorous audition, Mendenhall collaborated with his colleagues in preparing and conducting the MMHS Choirs and Orchestra for a solo performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589 in Carnegie Hall in February 2016. While at Provo High, the PHS Chamber Singers were also featured in the National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2009.
Mendenhall earned a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting, with cognate studies in orchestral conducting from the University of Utah. He earned a master’s degree in choral conducting from Brigham Young University and a bachelor of music degree in choral music education from Utah State University, with related studies in organ performance. During his graduate work, Mendenhall conducted the University of Utah Chamber and A Cappella Choirs; while at BYU he served as the assistant conductor of the BYU Men’s Chorus and conducted the BYU University Chorale. His mentors include Barlow Bradford, Robert Baldwin, Ronald Staheli, Rosalind Hall, Jean Applonie, Will Kesling, Lane Cheney, Douglas Bush, and James Drake.
Aside from his work with MCO, MMHS, and PHS, Dr. Mendenhall served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mapleton Chorale (2003–2013). Cory enjoys serving as an organist at the Provo (Utah) Missionary Training Center for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and spending time with his wife and children, parents John & Lenna Mendenhall, and extended family & friends in Utah’s stunning mountains.