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Musician Spotlight: Julian Jenson, piano


Plenty of concert pianists can bang out some of the repertoire’s most difficult concertos with mechanical precision. Julian Jenson is not one of them. With his lanky fingers thrumming on the piano keys, Jenson is a brilliant anomaly. Sophomore Piano Performance major Julian Jenson is a rising musician, who although is just emerging as a classical performer, already has an insightful musical sense grounded with impressive technical skill. At the early age of 4, Jenson began studying music and at age 6 performed a Mozart piano concerto with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra. Later on, he won a scholarship to attend the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, and also studied at the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Performing extensively as a soloist and collaborator, his numerous competition placements include being named a winner of the 2012 Idyllwild Arts Concerto Competition and placing in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight in 2012 and 2013. This fall concert will feature two major works of Ludwig van Beethoven: the Eighth Symphony, performed by the La Sierra University Orchestra conducted by Dean Anderson; and Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Emperor”), featuring Jenson, who was awarded the 57th Marcia Specht-Guy prize in the music […]

CITY OF RIVERSIDE DAY OF SERVICE – 9/11/15 – CLOSING PROGRAM AT LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY


Mission Statement “Today we come together in the City of Riverside to remember those who lost their lives on 9/11.  And in their memory we commit to being our very best selves and to serving our community.  For it is in service that we Find honor and peace.” The City of Riverside will be hosting a Day of Service on 9/11/15. The day will begin with a fundraising breakfast event for the Riverside Police and Fire Foundations at City Hall. The day will conclude with a closing ceremony program at La Sierra University. Events for the day will include blood drives and CPR demos around Riverside, as well as an organized clean-up event with Keep Riverside Clean and Beautiful. The closing ceremony will include music from Martin Luther King High School Band, La Sierra High School Band, Hillcrest Show Choir, and the La Sierra University Department of Music. La Sierra University’s President Wisbey will be there to welcome guests. Mayor Rusty Bailey will be introducing Dave Lesh (retired Division Cheif), 9/11/2011 First Responder, and reflecting about the events of that day and how it impacts us in the present. Join the City of Riverside in this day of service and reflection.

So you want to be a music major?


Thinking about studying music at La Sierra University? Check out some guidelines from one of our faculty members, encouraging incoming students on how to prepare before September.

We want you for Wind Ensemble


            We are you to sign up for Wind Ensemble! Email Professor Santos for more information about how to get involved in this amazing ensemble: gsantos@lasierra.edu. Click here for details about auditions.

Hong Kong Experience – Dr. Elvin Rodríguez


Dr. Elvin Rodríguez was invited to participate in the 2nd Hong Kong Music Festival and 2015 Competition. He has been there for a week. Enjoy his recap: MONDAY The day after an almost 23 hour trip from LAX to Hong Kong due to delays, the 2nd Hong Kong Music Festival and 2015 Competition started with much pomp and music. The opening gala took place at the Tsuen Town Hall. It featured a large orchestra featuring traditional Chinese instruments and a mixture of Eastern and Western traditional classical music. Dignitaries present were the head of arts and culture for Hong Kong and from the central government in Beijing. Also present was the executive director of Asia Television, the oldest news outlet in China (and maybe beyond), and a crowd of over 1000 contestants with their respective families and friends. After a long night of music, awards, speeches, and festivities, the opening gala closed with two spectacular performances with the Chinese orchestra and a violin and pianist solo each playing a Chinese work for their instrument and the orchestra. The orchestra, in some way, represented the diversity of instruments that would compete in the festival.TUESDAY After hearing that the diverse jury would […]

La Sierra Honors Students Travel Through Asia


Many of our students in the Department of Music are members of the La Sierra University Honors Program. The students are mentored by wonderful faculty from all walks of disciplines and passions. For the next three weeks, these students will be documenting their travels through Asia on their blogs. Check out all the highlights: Sandra Fermin – http://sandratakesmalaysia2015.blogspot.com/ Royce Olarte – http://awe-and-wander.tumblr.com/ Zoe Godfrey – http://www.zoegoestoasia.blogspot.com/ Megan Evans – TBA For more information about the La Sierra University Honors Program, visit their website: http://lasierra.edu/honors-program/ Email honors@lasierra.edu