Biography

Giovanni Santos serves as Assistant Professor of Music and 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 instrumental music education, popular music, and 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.

Professor Santos has conducted successful performances in such venues and festivals as the Notre Dame Cathedral of Chartres (France), Fete de la Musique in Paris, San Giovanni Valdarno Classical Music Festival (Italy), Teatro Titano (Republic of San Marino), the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, ForFest International New Music Festival (Czech Republic), MaskFest International New Music Festival (Republic of San Marino), San Ignazio di Loyola Basilica (Rome), Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Professor Santos also enjoys frequent engagements as a guest conductor/clinician across the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, most recently, guest conducting the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble at the Kennedy Center.

Prof. Santos has proudly implemented a yearly wind band conducting workshop at La Sierra University, and has worked alongside Prof. H. Robert Reynolds, Dr. Thomas Lee, and Allan McMurray, helping some of the brightest young music educators in the United States. A strong advocate for music education, Santos frequently presents at conferences, school in-service days, classrooms, and as clinician for young ensembles across the US. Most recently, Prof. Santos presented at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC), for the California Music Educators Association’s ‘Casting a Wider in Net at Azusa Pacific University, and for the North American Division National Teachers Convention. This coming year, Santos will also be presenting for the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, and for the 2019 SCSBOA Professional Development Conference.

As a composer, Prof. Santos has premiered his works across the United States and Europe. In January (2018), the United States Naval Academy Band Brass Ensemble premiered his work VOYAGES in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. under his baton.

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 occassions. In lessons, classes, and workshops, his conducting mentors have included Barbara Favorito, Donald Thurber, H. Robert Reynolds, Sharon Lavery, 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.

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.