A graduate of the University of Redlands, Todd Christopher Montemayor is a passionate advocate for music in the lives of our youth. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands with a bachelor’s in music and a major in music education.
He currently teaches middle school music in San Bernardino. There, he instructs 6th-8th grade students in band, orchestra, and choir. He also has conducted the district honor orchestra at the elementary and middle school level.
Todd returns for his seventh year as music director and conductor of the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony. He is also the music director of the Redlands Youth Symphony, which is proud to have collaborated with other youth orchestras in Southern California, including the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony, helping to ensure the future of classical music.
A native of Sacramento, California, Todd still continues to coach and conduct at the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop directed by renowned cellist Susan Lamb Cook. He was invited to travel with and guest conduct SYS’s Premier Orchestra to sold-out audiences on an international tour to Finland, Estonia, and Russia.
While at the University of Redlands, Todd studied the disciplines of wind, orchestra, and choral studies with Dr. Eddie Smith, Co Nguyen, Dr. Nicholle Andrews, and Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. As a classical percussionist, Todd studied with William Schlitt, principal timpanist of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. For the year 2020, Todd has been invited to conduct the middle school full orchestra honor group of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, which cultivates the very best young musicians in all of the southern region.
Todd is currently a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the nation’s largest and oldest professional fraternity in music, and the San Bernardino County Music Educators Association. He currently resides in Yucaipa, California with his wife, daughter, three cats, and a dog.