Biography

Giovanni Santos serves as Director of Wind and Percussion Studies at La Sierra University, where he directs the University Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, Big Band, and teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate instrumental music education, popular music, conducting and composition. 

Prof. Santos has proudly implemented a yearly wind band conducting workshop at La Sierra University and has worked alongside H. Robert Reynolds, Thomas Lee, Travis Cross and Allan McMurray, helping some of the brightest young music educators in the United States. Santos also organizes yearly workshops. clinics and conversations with conductors and composers, such as Frank Ticheli, Mallory Thompson, and most recently, Maestro Leonard Slatkin. A strong advocate for music education, Santos frequently presents at conferences, school in-service days, classrooms, and as clinician for young ensembles across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Most recently, Prof. Santos presented at the Midwest Clinic’s High School Leadership Institute, California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC), for the California Music Educators Association’s ‘Casting a Wider in Net’ at Azusa Pacific University, for the North American Division National Teachers Convention, the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, CBDNA National Convention in Arizona, and for the 2019 SCSBOA Professional Development Conference. He will be presenting for the World Association of Symphonic Band and Ensemble International Conference (WASBE) this coming summer in Prague. 

As a composer, Prof. Santos has premiered his works across the United States, Asia and Europe, including a premiere with the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. under his baton. His works have received performances by ensembles at the University of Michigan, University of Illinois, Florida State University, University of Florida, Ball State University, Oklahoma State University, UCLA, Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, Illinois State University and many more. His works for wind ensemble, chamber music, and solo wind instruments are published exclusively by Murphy Music Press, LLC. Future performances are programmed for the California All-State Music Education Conference, Connecticut All-State Music Education Conference, Southern California and Band and Orchestra Conference, Georgia Music Educators Association, Villa-Lobos International Music Festival and for the Tanglewood Music Festival. 

Santos is a graduate of La Sierra University (B. Mus) and 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. He has been published by the International Trumpet Guild Journal on two occasions. In lessons, classes, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Barbara Favorito, H. Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, Mallory Thompson, Tim Robblee, Frank Battisti, and Richard Clary. Santos had the privilege of studying trumpet with Richard Hofmann, Boyde Hood, and Donald Green.

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.