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Music-Give-Now

LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY

WIND ENSEMBLE | GIOVANNI SANTOS, DIRECTOR

COUNTDOWN TO CARNEGIE CONCERT

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OUR STORY

The Department of Music at La Sierra University has a rich history of excellence in music. During the early years of La Sierra College/Southern California Junior College, music and music education was part of the vision. Many amazing professional musicians have performed in Hole Memorial Auditorium and have worked closely with our students over the years and continue to do so as we speak. Our program is fortunate to have dedicated and connected music faculty members that are giving of their time and resources to help students grow into fine young professionals.

OUR WIND ENSEMBLE

The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY WIND ENSEMBLE is devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivation of new audiences for the wind band medium. Membership is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduate students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University. This ensemble honors the history of wind band history, and celebrates living composers through commissions and collaborations with guest artists.

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 at 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.

Most recently, the University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Santos, performed in the ForFest (Czech Republic) and MaskFest International New Music (Republic of San Marino) Festivals.  The Wind Ensemble traveled across Europe, giving performances across the Czech Republic, Austria, Republic of San Marino, and Italy. The University Wind Ensemble gave European premieres of works composed by LSU students, Prof. Santos, and European composers in history concert halls. The performances in the Czech Republic and the Republic of San Marino were also televised nationally.

In March of 2018, the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble will be giving their Carnegie Hall debut.

“The wonderful education I received here more than prepared me for graduate school at the University of Southern California, and life as a musician and educator.”
-Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind & Percussion Studies
I am writing to you with exciting news. The La Sierra University Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of our students to perform at such a venue.
This project is very significant to me for many reasons. I’m in my third year as Director of Wind and Percussion Studies here at La Sierra University, where I also obtained my undergraduate degree in music. The wonderful education I received here more than prepared me for graduate school at the University of Southern California, and life as a musician and educator. This is a great opportunity for our music department, university, and community, to showcase our ensemble in a venue of such renown as Carnegie Hall.
Personally, I’m passionate about providing wonderful experiences for my students that will last a lifetime. This unique experience, however, comes at a very high financial price. The goal is to raise $45,000 to cover the travel costs of the students, which I know we can raise with everyone’s help and dedication.

We both implore and invite you to be a part of our community in reaching this milestone, and establishing a legacy for the both of us. To show others how you’ve helped us, your organization’s name will be listed as a supporter of our website and programs. With your help, we look forward to representing our university, community, music department, and church.

All donations given for this trip are tax deductible.

 

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 

 

Giovanni Santos

Assistant Professor of Music

$25

Your contribution will help feed our team.

 

$50

Your contribution will help with accommodations.

$100

Your contribution will help with transportation.

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Your contribution will help continue a legacy of excellence in wind band music here at La Sierra University