Alyssa Mercedes Mena

A native of Miami, Florida, Cuban-American flutist, Alyssa Mercedes Mena, is currently based in Brooklyn, New York where she is an active teacher, composer, and performer.

While in New York City, Alyssa has performed with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, New Conductors Orchestra, Queer Urban Orchestra, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Broadway Bach Ensemble, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. Passionate about chamber music and community outreach, Alyssa is a part of the Sugar Hill Salon Chamber Series that performs outreach concerts throughout Harlem that showcase wind repertoire that lacks representation within traditional chamber programming. In 2022, Alyssa premiered her solo alto flute piece “Hasta La Raíz” at the National Flute Convention.

In 2021, Alyssa received her Master’s of Music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she studied flute privately with Jim Walker and studied composition privately with Veronika Krausas. In 2019, Alyssa graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she studied privately with Trudy Kane. While at Frost, Alyssa was a Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholar, flutist of the Stamps Woodwind Quintet, as part of a 4- year fellowship, that had actively performed outreach concerts and recitals throughout South Florida, as well as New York City, NY, Atlanta, GA, and Louisville, KY. Alyssa graduated from a performing arts high school, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) in 2015, where she studied with Suzan DeGooyer. That same year, Alyssa received national recognition from the National YoungArts Foundation where she was selected as a YoungArts winner in Classical Flute.

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