Ron Mendola taught at Georgia Tech from 1979 until his retirement in 2010. Director of the GT Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles, Ron also taught Music History and Jazz History on campus and in Tech’s Oxford Program. Ron also enjoyed a long and varied professional career as a touring musical director for dozens of classical, jazz and pop artists, and as songwriter, arranger, conductor and stage producer for hundreds of Fortune 500 corporate industrial productions and events.
Ron’s relationship with IBM’s many divisions spanned four continents and almost three decades in various musical and theatrical positions. In the studio on trumpet, Ron recorded for innumerable artists including Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield, and performed on stage with hundreds of diverse artists including Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Kenny Rogers and many others. Ron toured with artists such as Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mathis, and performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Atlanta’s Symphony, Ballet, Opera and Chamber Orchestras.
Today, at the College of Charleston, Ron is co-teaching the Arts Management Program’s Intro to the Music Industry course with Mark Bryan. Ron’s show entitled “Grits to Glory”, is in the final stages of pre-production before opening here in Charleston in the summer of 2015. The show will musically trace the immense Southern contribution to the American Style, from spirituals to blues, from jazz to many of today’s popular styles. Ron is especially excited about his recent appointment as Musical Director of the Southcoast Symphony and hopes to contribute to its mission of sharing great music to an ever-expanding audience.