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Wind Ensemble Concert May 21, 2016 8:15p

09 Jan 2015 by In Past Events

Take a musical journey with Prof. Giovanni Santos and the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as they present their final concert for the 2015-2016 season. The ensemble will have the privilege of having an award winning composer, Karim Elmahmoudi, in the audience for the wind band world premiere of EARTHRISE. The evening will also include favorites from composers such as Dmitri Shostakovich, Eric Whitacre, Richard Wagner, Darius Milhaud, and John Williams.

The event will take place in La Sierra University's Hole Memorial Auditorium. There is no admission charge. Doors open at 7:45p. Concert begins at 8:15p. Miss this event you must not. 


Giovanni Santos, conductor

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. 


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. Mr. and Mrs. Santos are both graduates of San Diego Adventist Academy (Class of 1999).

Michael Patterson, assistant conductor

Michael Patterson has lived and served as a musician in Southern California for most of his life. Currently, he serves as Assistant Conductor for Large Ensembles at La Sierra University. There, he assists in the choral department with the LSU Chamber Singers and University Chorale, as well as the instrumental department with the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Big Band. 

Having started on piano as a child, Patterson started performing nationally as well as internationally at the age of 11, where he appeared as a guest musician on Carnival Cruiseline voyages across Central America. By the time he graduated high school, he had participated in three album recordings. In 2009, he won the Inland Empire Piano Festival Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 with the La Sierra University Orchestra.

In 2009, he moved to the East Coast, where he attended school at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. There he received a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance. His primary teacher in piano and mentor was Dr. Daniel Lau. While at WAU, he performed as piano soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble (NEYE), traveling to foreign countries such as South Africa, Germany, Jamaica, Italy, and others. In addition to piano, he also studied chamber music with Dr. Victor Yuzefovich, and conducting with Dr. Preston Hawes, Dr. James Bingham and the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. 

Upon graduation, he accepted a position as Director of Bands at Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) in Spencerville, Maryland, where he directed the Academy Concert Winds, the SAA Jazz Ensemble, SAA’s Beginner Band and SAA’s Middle School Band. 


Currently achieving a Performance Certificate in conducting at La Sierra University, Patterson remains active as a member of many of the university ensembles. 

Karim Elmahmoudi, composer
Karim Elmahmoudi is an award winning composer of music for the concert hall, film, and video games. His works have been performed worldwide in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Flagstaff, London, Ireland, Bratislava, Prague, Australia, and at such iconic venues as London’s Abbey Road, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Mr. Elmahmoudi was one of nine composers selected by the American Prize in Composition to be awarded a Special Citation Celebrating Variety and Vitality of American Composers in November, 2015.
In 2006, Karim began working with Christopher Young on Spiderman 3, Sleepwalking, Untraceable and other projects as orchestrator and arranger. He has also worked with Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino on the hit television series, Lost, where his tasks included arranging, orchestrating, and conducting several cues for the show.  Karim has also arranged and orchestrated several high profile video games including Star Wars – The Old Republic(Disney/Lucasarts) which was recorded by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at Skywalker Sound, Dante’s Inferno (Electronic Arts), Disneyland Kinect (Disney), and many others.  Equally at home in the concert hall as the film scoring stage, Mr. Elmahmoudi has received commissions from the Los Angeles City Arts Counsel, Flagstaff Arts Counsel, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Los Angeles County Arts Commission.   His space themed orchestral work, "Orbit: A Symphonic Fantasy", was premiered by the Los Angeles Doctors Symphony on November 18, 2012, with David Weiss conducting.  This work was recently performed as part of the Flagstaff, Arizona Dark Skies festival and allowed Mr. Elmahmoudi the opportunity to discuss his passions for music with the Flagstaff community through a series of talks aimed at local schools and a 90 minute talk at Lowell Observatory.  This fourteen minute work is also heard each hour at the California Science Center (permanent home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour) as part of their space themed IMAX presentations.
After studying at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Composition extension program and privately with Alexis Alrich for five years, Mr. Elmahmoudi attended the prestigious University of Southern California Thornton Graduate School of Music where his professors included Christopher Young, James Newton Howard, Pete Anthony, Richard Kraft, Joel McNeely, Jeff Atmajian, and Lennie Moore. Karim also studied with the renowned composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope, whose credits include Star Wars (Episodes I-III), Jurassic Park, the entire Harry Potter series, The Matrix Trilogy, Rocketeer, Troy, and much else. Mr. Elmahmoudi was awarded the BMI Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007, Nova Award in 2014, and is a semi-finalist of the 2015 American Prize in Composition.
La Sierra University Wind Ensemble

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.