Giovanni Santos, director | H. Robert Reynolds, guest conductor
The Department of Music is proud to announce Giovanni Santos as the new Director of Wind & Percussion Studies. Giovanni will give his debut concert with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble on Saturday evening, October 24, 2015 at 7p in Hole Memorial Auditorium. He will be joined by special guest conductor, Dr. H. Robert Reynolds, for this amazing evening. The event will include something old, something new, and something borrowed in wind ensemble repertoire. This event is free and open to the community.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
GIOVANNI SANTOS is Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he's an Assistant Professor of Music, and conducts the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble and Big Band.
As an educator and conductor, Mr. Santos travels across the United States yearly as a clinician for music festivals, adjudications, and featured performances. A proponent of new music for wind band, Mr. Santos has commissioned works by Tim Davies, Jay Kim, Karim Elmahmoudi, Greg Simon, Timothy Mahr, and Andrew Boysen, Jr. Santos was also recently awarded recognition for “excellence in music education” by the La Sierra University Music Department. Mr. Santos has led successful performance tours across the United States, Italy, and France, with special performances for Fete de la Musique (Paris), Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), and most recently, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. In classes, lessons, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Dr. Barbara Favorito, Prof. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. Tim Robblee, Prof. Sharon Lavery, Dr. Mark Scatterday, Prof. Brad Lubman, and Prof. Frank Battisti.
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 studied trumpet with Boyde Hood and Donald Green (formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).
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.
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.