Professor Giovanni Santos and the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble will be giving their fall quarter concert on Saturday evening, November 12 at 7p. Their program will include music by Marquez, Mackey, Markowski, Whitacre, Ellington, Grainger, and Santos. The evening will also include the La Sierra University Chamber Singers and Percussion Ensemble.
The University Wind Ensemble has been invited to participate in two music festivals abroad (Czech Republic and San Marino) during the summer of 2017.
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
2016-2017 *Season Pass available:
- $60 General Season Pass
- $50 Senior Season Pass
- $25 Student & Teacher Season Pass
- $100 Family Pass up to 5 immediate family members
*This excludes Candlelight reserved seating and OPERA AT LA SIERRA prime seating tickets.
For more information, please email: MUSIC@LASIERRA.EDU
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
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 seven 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 has 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. Mr. 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.
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.
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 performers 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 ensemble has been invited to participate in two music festivals: ForFest International New Music Festival (Kromeriz, Czech Republic) and MaskFest International New Music Fest (San Marino).
The LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY CHAMBER SINGERS are young musicians united by their interest in music. They are devoted to the development of musicianship, artistic expression, and cultivating new audiences for this wonderful medium. Membership into this ensemble is by audition and includes undergraduate and graduate students who represent the varied majors and programs at La Sierra University. Many of the student members of the ensemble receive scholarships for their participation.
The La Sierra University Chamber Singers and String Orchestra are recorded on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie Come Before Winter which is based on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
They are conducted by Dr. Ariel Quintana, Director of Choral Studies.