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University Orchestra Concert | October 22, 2016 7P featuring Jonathan Mamora, piano


About the Event

Dr. Dean Anderson and the La Sierra University Orchestra will be giving their Fall concert on Saturday evening, October 22, 2016 at 7p. The concert will feature senior piano performance major, Jonathan Mamora. Jonathan was 2016 1st Runner Up for the Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Competition. The evening's program will include the following:

Schubert Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

All proceeds from the admission fees go towards student scholarships and projects such as international music trips and festivals.

  • $15 General Admission
  • $10 Seniors 55+
  • $5 Students & Teachers

For more information, please email: MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU

Online ticket sales will conclude at 5:00PM on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. You can purchase tickets at the door.



DEAN ANDERSON, conductor

 DEAN ANDERSON is currently in his fourth year as the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University. He has been the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony for over four seasons and is also the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.


As an opera conductor, he performed Giuseppe Lupis’ Il Pianista Disgraziata in Bologna, Assisi, Binetto, Loro Piceno, and Toritto. Other opera performances include Wolf-Ferrari’s Il Segreto di Susanna  and Mercadante’s I Due Figaro with Opera UCLA and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Fullerton College Opera Workshop. He conducted the West Coast premiere of Daron Hagen’s Little Nemo in Slumberland with the La Sierra University Opera.


Dr. Anderson studied violin with John Mcleod and conducting with Edward Dolbashian at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg. He has also participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Daron Hagen, Don Thulean, and Lawrence Golan.


JONATHAN MAMORA is a senior Piano Performance major at La Sierra University. He has been studying piano for the last 16 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He is also studying organ with Dr. Kimo Smith as well as conducting with Dr. Ariel Quintana. His former piano teachers include Helen LaiPang, Dr. Lily Diehl, and Kevin Fitzgerald.

He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including 2nd prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Honors Competition, 1st prize in the Steinway Society of Riverside County Concerto Competition, and 1st prize in the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He has been a prizewinner in the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists Competition, among others. He has also competed in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Oberlin International Piano Competition. In 2012, he was accepted into the prestigious Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He was the 1st place winner of La Sierra University’s 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition and the 2014 Marcia Specht-Guy Concerto Competition. He has worked with many world-renowned and local teachers and musicians, including Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Stewart Gordon, Daniel Pollack, James Bonn, Bernadene Blaha, and Santiago Rodriguez.

Jonathan has traveled around the nation and performed in many different places, including recent performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the La Sierra University Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, the second movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra, and the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Coachella Valley Symphony. At school, he is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as a percussionist, the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, Chorale, and UNITED (vocal chamber group) as a bass, pianist, and assistant conductor, and various student chamber groups as a pianist. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. He often performs as a pianist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs.  


LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA is an integral part of the campus community and is recognized as a premiere university orchestra in Riverside, CA. Students are trained by faculty that include members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as Hollywood studio musicians. 

The orchestra is composed primarily of music majors, certificate program students, and non-majors looking to balance their lifelong love of music with other academic pursuits. The orchestra is also open to community musicians and advanced high school students looking to further their study of orchestral literature. The orchestra performs a variety of repertoire, from full symphonic works to chamber music, operas, musicals, pops concerts, and both traditional and contemporary worship music. Auditions are held each Fall at the beginning of the quarter, but ongoing auditions are held on an appointment basis.