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Conducting Workshop OCTOBER 23, 2016 8a-5p H. Robert Reynolds & Giovanni Santos

Sunday, October 23, 2016 8:30a-5p

La Sierra University's Department of Music will be hosting a Wind Conducting Workshop on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 8a-5p. We are excited to have H. Robert Reynolds and Giovanni Santos as the guest clinicians.


  • 10 conducting participant slots available – first-come, first-serve
    • $95 fee
    • Two opportunities to conduct ensemble
    • Luncheon with guest clinicians provided
    • Video link of conducting critique provided
    • All conducting participants should be prepared to bring your instruments
    • Repertoire list will be provided by Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind & Percussion Studies


We encourage all those interested in participating in the workshop ensemble or observing the workshop to register as soon as possible.

$30 fee for non-conducting participants

  • Opportunity to perform in workshop ensemble or observe workshop
  • Lunch provided
  • 25 min. workshop with Giovanni Santos, Director of Wind & Percussion Studies

Current La Sierra University students interested in participating in the workshop ensemble or observing the workshop must register for this event in order to participate. The $30 fee has been covered by the Department of Music.


Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to Giovanni Santos at GSANTOS@LASIERRA.EDU.

You will receive a confirmation email once your registration has been received. We encourage participants to check-in at our Information Kiosk (located at the main entrance off of Riverwalk Parkway and Yeager Drive) to receive additional a campus map and parking information.

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H. Robert Reynolds

H. Robert Reynolds is the principal conductor of the Wind Ensemble at the USC Thornton School of Music where he holds the H. Robert Reynolds Professorship in Wind Conducting. This appointment followed his retirement, after 26 years, from the School of Music of the University of Michigan where he served as the Henry F. Thurnau Professor of Music, Director of University Bands and Director of the Division of Instrumental Studies. In addition to these responsibilities, he has also been, for over 30 years, the conductor of The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, which is made up primarily of members from the Detroit Symphony.

Reynolds has conducted recordings for Koch International, Pro Arte, Caprice, and Deutsche Grammophon. In the United States, he has conducted at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (New York), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Kennedy Center (Washington, D. C.), Powell Symphony Hall (St. Louis), Academy of Music (Philadelphia), and Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles). In Europe, he conducted the premiere of an opera for La Scala Opera (Milan, Italy), and concerts at the prestigious Maggio Musicale (Florence, Italy), the Tonhalle (Zurich, Switzerland), and at the Holland Festival in the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Holland), as well as the 750th Anniversary of the City of Berlin. He has won the praise of composers: Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Henryk Gorecki, Karel Husa, Gyorgy Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others for his interpretive conducting of their compositions.

Reynolds has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Duquesne University, and in addition, holds degrees in Music Education and Performance from the University of Michigan where he was the conducting student of Elizabeth Green. He began his career in the public schools of Michigan and California before beginning his university conducting at California State University at Long Beach and the University of Wisconsin prior to his tenure at the University of Michigan. He received the Citation of Merit from the Music Alumni Association of the University of Michigan for his contributions to the many students he has influenced during his career and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Band Alumni Association. He is also an Honorary Life Member of the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association.

Reynolds is past president of the College Band Directors’ National Association and the Big Ten Band Directors’ Association. He has received the highest national awards from Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Mu, the National Band Association, and the American School Band Directors’ Association, and he was awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the International Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic. He is the recipient of a “Special Tribute” from the State of Michigan, and he served for many years on the National Awards Panel for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and in 2001 received a national award from this organization for his contributions to contemporary American music. He is also listed in the New Groves Dictionary of American Music, and his frequent conducting appearances have included (among others) the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, Manhattan School of Music, the Tanglewood Institute, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Reynolds has been a featured conductor and lecturer at international conferences in Austria, Norway, Belgium, England, Holland, Slovenia, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Switzerland. He has conducted in many of the major cities of Japan, Spain, and Sweden including concerts with the Stockholm Wind Orchestra, the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra and professional wind ensembles in Bilbao and Barcelona, Spain. Many of his former students now hold major conducting positions at leading conservatories and universities, and several have been National Presidents of CBDNA.

Giovanni Santos

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.

A proponent of new music for wind band, Mr. Santos has commissioned works by Tim Davies, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Timothy Mahr, and Andrew Boysen, Jr.  He’s led successful performances in such venues and festivals as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres, 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. 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. 

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

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 was also a scholarship trumpet student.