“It appears to be pure contagious fun… Maestro Marco Mejia has rather quickly whipped this 50-plus-member-ensemble into energetic, disciplined shape.” – Dan Bernstein, Press Enterprise

Maestro Marco A. Mejia is celebrating his 15th season as Music Director and Principal Conductor for the Corona Symphony Orchestra. A native of Riverside, California, Dr. Mejia has worked with various orchestral and vocal ensembles throughout California, performing highly reviewed orchestral, pop, choral, musical theater, and opera performances. Dr. Mejia holds degrees in Music Education from California Baptist University (B.A.), Music Performance from California State University-Fullerton (M.M.), and Music Teaching and Learning from USC’s Thornton School of Music (D.M.A). Dr. Mejia studied clarinet with Swedish clarinet virtuoso Håkan Rosengren; and voice with two-time Grammy nominee Rod Gilfry. He is an orchestral conducting pupil of Kimo Furumoto and Larry Livingston; and a choral conducting pupil of Gary Bonner and Robert Istad. The Corona Symphony Orchestra continues to enjoy Maestro Mejia’s tenure and, under his leadership, has successfully performed over 45 concerts with local orchestral musicians. Throughout his 15 seasons with the orchestra, Maestro Mejia has collaborated with local and international soloists and has commissioned and premiered new works with local composers.

Along with his endeavors as music director and conductor for the Corona Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Mejia is the Director of Worship Arts at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Rocklin, CA. He has also served as music director and guest conductor for a variety of symphonic, theater, and opera organizations throughout Southern and Northern California, including California Baptist University Theater Department, Opera A La Carte, Coachella Valley Symphony, Irvine Symphony, the California Chinese American Orchestra, Junior University Theater, Springtones, and In the Company Theater. Maestro Mejia has attended conducting workshops with conductors like Dianne Witry (Author of Beyond the Baton) and American conductors/pedagogues David Hoose and David Zimmerman.

Dr. Mejia continues to be a sought-after music director and pedagogue. Moreover, he continues to cultivate a rich musical history within the local community presenting musical performances for the masses, making every performance he conducts a musical experience that portrays creative programming and musical excellence. Dr. Mejia currently resides in the Sacramento region with his dog, Olukai, and is a proud member of the Conductors Guild, the National Association of Music Educators (NAfME), and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA).