String Orchestra Conductor
On medical leave for our 2021-2022 Season
Mirlynez Iglesias-Mendez was born in La Habana, Cuba where she started her violin studies at the age of seven. She knows how to play a wide variety of musical styles on the violin. She held membership in the opera and ballet symphonic orchestra in her native country from a young age. Her talents gave her the opportunity to be in one of the most prestigious musical groups, Camerata Romeu, on the island.
Once Mrs. Iglesias-Mendez moved to Miami, Florida, she continued with her music studies receiving a B.M in Violin Performance from Florida International University, a Master’s in Music Education from University of Florida, and most recently an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Glades Middle School was Mrs. Iglesias-Mendez’ first assignment with the Miami-Dade County Public schools. As Orchestra Director, her outstanding work was noted from the very beginning with her own award of Rookie Teacher of the Year. Her students received numerous superior ratings for the district assessments as well as state festivals. She also trained her orchestra to play all types of music. They were often invited to play for region and district events.
Later, Mrs. Iglesias-Mendez worked as a District String Specialist for the Central Region where she provided professional development as well as developed string programs for many schools in the area. She has also served for the last decade with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony as one of the Chamber Music Conductors and most recently the Strings Orchestra.
Presently, she is the Orchestra Director at Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School where she is developing a string program that not only includes the String Orchestra but also Guitar Ensembles. They have performed for district and South Region events.
She has also conducted the Elementary Honors String Orchestra at the 2014 and 2016 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent’s Honors Festival.