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Student Recital Series: Sandra Fermin, soprano





Join us for a wonderful afternoon recital given by senior Sandra Fermin. Sandra will be performing the following works:

  • Night
    • Nacht und Träume | Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
    • Walking In the Air | Howard Blake (1938)
    • Vaga Luna | Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835)
    • Nuit d’Espagne | Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
  • Despair
    • Anda Jaleo from Canciones Espanolas Antiguas | Federico García Lorca (1898-1936)
    • I Dreamed A Dream-Claude | Michel Schönberg (1944)
    • Senza Mamma from Suor Angelica | Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
  • Prayer
    • Pie Jesu from Requiem | Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)
    • God Help the Outcasts | Alan Menken (1949)
    • Preghiera (Alla Mente Confusa) | Francesco Paolo Tosti (1846-1916)

Glory to God

  • Domine Deus | Antonio Vivaldi (1678- 1741)
  • Adiemus | Karl Jenkins (1944)
  • Agnus Dei | Georges Bizet (1838-1875)


Sandra Fermin is currently a Senior at La Sierra University. From Whittier, California, she started performing in school and community choirs since the age of 10. As part of her high school experience, she was involved in the advance choir while also performing in the school musicals, like Oliver, Once Upon A Mattress, Annie Get Your Gun, and Bye Bye Birdie. Throughout her time here at La Sierra, she has participated in participating in the West Coast Premiere of Little Nemo in Slumberland and in Giacomo Puccini’s Opera Gianni Schicchi.

Her love for choral music has given her the opportunity to work with Choral Conductors such as Dan Hawkins, Dr. Shawna Cross Stewart, Dr. Robert Istad, Dr. Christopher Peterson, Dr. Tammi Alderman, Dr.John Tebay, Dr. Grant Gershon, Dr. Leslie Leighton, and Dr. Ariel Quintana. Music has given her the opportunity to travel around different states around the country as well as internationally. She has had the opportunity to participate in Master Classes with Fabiana Bravo, Craig Johnson, Mark Goodrich, Patricia Prunty, and Museop Kim. She also had the opportunity to attend Fabiana Bravo’s Bella Voce Seminar during the summer of 2015. She received 3rd place in the 2017 Marguerite Marsh Vocal Competition.

With her love for choral music and music in its entirety, Sandra is currently pursuing a major in Music with Vocal Emphasis. She is currently studying Voice with Dr. Raejin Lee. However, after receiving a call to ministry throughout her years here at La Sierra, she decided to add Pre-Seminary to her studies and desires to incorporate music as part of her ministry. She has been able to travel and has the opportunity to share both Word and song. Sandra plans on attending Andrews University Seminary in Fall 2018 to obtain a Masters of Divinity Emphasis in Church Leadership and Worship.

Sandra has been a member of the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale as an Alto with Dr. Ariel Quintana. She is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. She is a voice instructor for Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) as well as a Vocal Coach for the Journey Seventh Day Adventist Church in Glendora. Sandra also serves as the Student Association’s Spiritual Vice President as well as Youth Pastor/Coordinator at the Anaheim Seventh Day Adventist Church. She performs as a vocalist for worships on campus, local churches, and around southern California.

Kimo Smith, organist and collaborative pianist, began music studies in his home state of Hawaii at age four.  Following his graduation from Hawaiian Mission Academy, he attended the University of Hawaii, La Sierra University, the University of Southern California, and the University of California, Los Angeles. A student of Ladd Thomas at USC, he completed his Bachelor and Master degrees, magna cum laude, in organ performance. He was selected to receive the Organ Department Outstanding Achievement Award on both occasions. He completed his doctoral studies at UCLA in organ performance as a student of Thomas Harmon.

Dr. Smith is a past winner of several competitions sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and Music Teachers National Association.  Dr. Smith is currently Associate Professor of Music at La Sierra University and past chair of the Department of Music. He is an active recitalist, performing locally, nationally, and abroad.

As an organist, he has appeared as a guest artist with several Southern California orchestras and choral ensembles, including the Glendale Symphony, Riverside County Philharmonic Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, William Hall Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, Angeles Chorale, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. He is featured organist on a 2010 recording of the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing the choral works of emerging young composer, Nico Muhly.  This was the first recording of the LAMC in Walt Disney Concert Hall and their first for the world-renowned Decca label. He was invited to perform two of Muhly’s compositions with the LAMC at the opening concert of their 2012-2013 season.