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2017-2018 Wind Ensemble Audition Info

16 Jul 2017 by In Fall 2017, Music Info

Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in our activities here at La Sierra University's Department of Music. We hope you will consider auditioning for the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble this academic year. Here are some details regarding the audition process:

SCALES All Major Scales and Arpeggios

  • 2 octaves where appropriate
  • Tongued up, slurred down (Professor Santos will pick 4-5 scales)
  • By memory
  • Quarter note = 120 bmp

-Chromatic Scale

  • Bb of F Concert Chromatic Scale (your choice)
  • Tongued up, slurred down
  • 2 Octaves
  • All quarter notes (60 bmp)
  • By memory


*Musicians must perform the entire audition etude page

**FLUTES have two etudes to perform

***PERCUSSIONISTS must perform etudes on the xylophone and snare; percussionists will be asked to tune the timpani to a pitch given by Professor Santos.

Audition Form - Please fill out

La Sierra University Wind Ensemble

The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE is a select group of young musicians united by their interest in music. It is devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivating new audiences for this wonderful medium. Membership is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduate students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University, as well as staff and community members who find they cannot give up playing. Most of the student members of the ensemble receive scholarships for their participation.

The Wind Ensemble performs for church services, campus events, schools, and civic programs throughout the Inland Empire of Southern California. In 2004, the Wind Ensemble performed for the national conference of the Christian Instrumental Directors Association in Tennessee. They also participated in the CSU Fresno Collegiate Wind Festival. They were one of ten featured ensembles at the College Band Directors National Association West/Northwest Division Conference in Reno in 2010, and shared the gala evening concert with Cal State University Fresno at the 34th Annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival in March 2013.

The La Sierra University Wind Ensemble was invited by Maestro Massimiliano Messieri to participate in two music festivals in Europe this summer. Maestro Messieri, who presented master classes at La Sierra in 2015 and 2016 for student conductors and composers and Wind Ensemble members, was so impressed by the faculty and students’ hard work and ethics, that he asked the Wind Ensemble to debut his original composition Dreamland at two invitation-only music festivals, The Forfest and Maskfest International New Music Festivals. The Wind Ensemble premiered works by La Sierra University students and Professor Giovanni Santos. The group traveled through the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy June 27-July 10, 2017. Each performance concluded with two encores. 

The ensemble is preparing for a performance at Carnegie Hall March of 2018. For more information please email GSANTOS@LASIERRA.EDU.

Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind & Percussion Studies


Giovanni Santos serves as Assistant Professor and Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Big Band, instrumental music education, and teaches conducting. For 7 years, Professor Santos had the privilege of leading the band department at Loma Linda Academy, where he led their Wind Symphony in performances across the United States and Europe.

At La Sierra University, Santos has transformed the Wind and Percussion department into a thriving educational and performance program. Each year, he hosts the annual La Sierra Wind Conducting Workshop, where conductors from across the country work with him and a guest for an intensive and rewarding educational experience. Past guest clinicians have included legendary conductors, Maestro H. Robert Reynolds and Dr. Thomas Lee. In June (2017), he will lead the University Wind Ensemble on a tour across the Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy. The Wind Ensemble will perform for the For the MaskFest and ForFest International New Music Festivals.

Professor Santos has been praised for his premiere performances of commissioned works by Tim Davies, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Massimiliano Messieri, and Andrew Boysen, Jr.  He’s led successful performances in such venues and festivals as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), Fete de la Musique in Paris, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), Teatro Titano (Republic of San Marino), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Under the direction of Prof. Santos, the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble will make their Carnegie Hall debut this coming March. Santos was also recently awarded recognition for “excellence in music education” by the La Sierra University Music Department.

Professor Santos also enjoys frequent engagements as a guest conductor/clinician for festivals across the US, Mexico, and Europe. In October (2017), Professor Santos will be a featured conductor for the Rafael Mendez Brass Scholarship Concert, featuring jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Debut Orchestra, and Los Angeles studio musicians.

On the trumpet, Santos performs regularly as a soloist, chamber musician, and in orchestras across Southern California. Professor Santos has recorded on several motion picture soundtracks. As a trumpet soloist, alongside the Hollywood Studio Symphony, he recorded for the film, “Actually, Adieu My Love,” which was the 2010 Park City Film Festival Jury Choice for “Best Impact in a Musical Score.” Professor Santos was also featured as soloist in a performance honoring the conducting icon, Herbert Blomstedt, for the Weniger Society Awards.

In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included, Barbara Favorito, Donald Thurber, H. Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, Mallory Thompson, Tim Robblee, Frank Battisti, Mark Davis Scatterday, and Brad Lubman. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann (Cal State Northridge), Boyde Hood (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and Donald Green (Los Angeles Philharmonic).

Professor 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 was also a scholarship trumpet student.


Professor Santos is inspired by his family. His wife Tanya, is an elementary teacher in Perris, CA. Tanya and Giovanni are proud parents of Gianna and David.

Anthony León, tenor, performs his own composition, Tus Ojos. A poem written by his grandfather, Luis Alfonso Bolivar, and set to music.