Gina Menden, originally from Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance and Drake University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance.
With more than 15 years of studio teaching experience, Ms. Menden has helped develop winners of concerto competitions, symphony apprenticeships, and state UIL contestants with gold/silver placements, as well as students who’ve chosen to continue on in college as either music majors or very skilled orchestral players. Beyond these accomplishments, Ms. Menden enjoys guiding her students to be good citizens and to love what they do.
Ms. Menden began working for the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra (YSO) in February 2010, where she established and still directs the developmental string orchestra (the “Philharmonic”) and a very robust public-outreach string ensemble program. She joined Christ Academy as a string teacher in October 2014 and later assumed a position as Adjunct String Professor at Midwestern State University in August 2015. In addition to her teaching commitments, Ms. Menden enjoys performing as a violist with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and is an avid musical freelancer.