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December, 22, 2023
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM




Giovanni Santos

Giovanni Santos

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The Conductor: Translating Vision into Sound

Clinic Synopsis:

This session explores the many roles of a conductor/music educator by defining their role as a teacher and as a musician. Dr. Santos explores the 4 building blocks for repertoire selection, thoughts on effective leadership and conducting, and concludes by rediscovering conducting exercises inspired by Malko and Elizabeth Green. Santos also shares his ideas and conducting exercises inspired by Latin American and Afro-Caribbean grooves.

Giovanni Santos - Biographical Information

Giovanni Santos serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music 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. Dr. Santos has proudly implemented a yearly wind band conducting workshop at La Sierra University and has worked alongside H. Robert Reynolds, Thomas Lee, Larry Livingston, 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. Santos also maintains a busy guest conducting/clinician schedule, with recent residencies at the Manhattan School of Music, University of the Pacific, Cal State University(Fullerton), University of Illinois (Chicago), the University of Connecticut and for the Association of Concert Bands conference in Orlando.

As a composer, 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 for wind ensemble, orchestra, chamber music, and solo wind instruments are published exclusively by Murphy Music Press, LLC. His compositions and passion for music education have received many recognitions, including a Meritorious Achievement Award by the Minority Band Directors National Association for “exceptional contributions to the wind band repertory. ”Dr. Santos earned graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (MM) and Florida State University (PhD).