Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind and Percussion Studies
GIOVANNI SANTOS is Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he's an Assistant Professor of Music, and conducts the LSU Wind Ensemble.
As an educator and conductor, Mr. Santos travels across the United States yearly as a clinician for music festivals, adjudications, and featured performances. A proponent of new music for wind band, Mr. Santos has commissioned works by Tim Davies, Jay Kim, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Timothy Mahr, and Andrew Boysen, Jr. Santos was also recently awarded recognition for “excellence in music education” by the La Sierra University Music Department. Mr. Santos has led successful performance tours across the United States, Italy, and France, with special performances for Fete de la Musique (Paris), Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), and most recently, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Dr. Barbara Favorito, Prof. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Tim Robblee, Prof. Sharon Lavery, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Prof. Brad Lubman, and Prof. Frank Battisti.
Mr. Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus). He earned his MM in Music Education from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he studied trumpet with Boyde Hood and Donald Green (formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).