Michael Armendariz is currently the Stage Manager for the NMSU Music Department. He coordinates the Music Business activities through Atkinson Recital Hall. In addition to his stage and business duties, he teaches courses in percussion performance and technique. He is currently serving as the Percussive Arts Society chapter president in New Mexico.
Dr. Armendariz completed his Doctorate of Musical Art in percussion performance at Michigan State University under instructors Gwen Burgett Dease and Dr. Jon Weber. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from New Mexico State University, where he studied under Dr. Fred Bugbee and Dr. Ed Pias. As a percussionist, Dr. Armendariz enjoys an active solo, chamber, and orchestral performing schedule. He and Dr. Katie Brennan have formed Loquens Ligno, a bassoon/percussion duo with interest in commissioning new works, as well as arranging existing pieces for their unique ensemble. Armendariz has also played with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Juarez Symphony Orchestra and the El Paso Symphony Pops Orchestra. He has also recently performed with the MSU Chamber Ensemble at the Annual Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, MI.
Dr. Armendariz has been involved with new music projects, including new works by Scott Wilkinson, Michael Stahle, Ricardo Lorenz, Justin Raines, Lon W. Chaffin, Philip Sink, and Victor Marquez. He was a founding member of the Sixth Species new music ensemble in East Lansing, MI. Additionally, he has been a part of several premieres concerts with the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra as part of group commissioned works by composers including Joan Tower, Joseph Schwantner, Bill McGlaughlin, and Christopher Theofanidis.
In addition to his performance career, Armendariz has also serves as Vice President and operations assistant for the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS) Scholarship Organization since 2006. Other Business related positions have included stage manager at the Timberwood Amphitheater Summer Concert Series in Hot Springs, AR and stage manager for the Las Cruces and Lansing Symphonies, along with his current position as Stage Manager for the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall.