Joel Santos has established himself as a versatile composer, willing to learn and grow, while meeting the precise need of others. His music has been performed not only in America, but in Germany as well, where he studied under critically acclaimed composers Olga Magidenko and David Philip Hefti. Besides composition, Joel is an avid conductor who has led multiple ensembles, and studied under Bob Feller and Timothy Schwarz. Being a skilled performer is also essential, so Joel has vigorously studied voice (baritone) under Tyler Thompson, Dr. Gerald Seminatore, Winfrid Mikus (Principle Tenor in the Heidelberg Opera), and Metropolitan Opera Star Richard Zeller. It is incredibly important to Joel that he use his talents not only for himself, but for others, which has led him to teaching. Written and Aural Theory are his specialty, having both taught privately and in classroom settings for over five years.
Most notably, he has scored “The Art of Growing Up”, a feature length documentary written, directed, and produced by former Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Producer, Bob Zalk. It celebrates teachers and mentors in the arts community and the young lives they impact.
A native to Huntington Beach, CA, Joel Santos received his Bachelor of Music in Music Composition from BIOLA University. While at BIOLA, he studied under Dr. Robert Denham, Alex Lu, Christopher Wills, and prestigious film composer and orchestrator, Mike Watts.
Previously, Joel worked for Bear McCreary and his company, Sparks and Shadows, as well as several other composers, in a variety of roles.
Joel Santos is a member of ASCAP, SCL, and GANG. For recordings and videos of his music and performances, please visit http://www.joelsantosmusic.com/music/
Honors and Awards:
Chosen to have his piece, Of Mîm's Loss, be performed in the 2015 CFAMC Conference.
Placed in BIOLA University’s Composition Contest (2012, 2014, 2015).
Conducted composer Phillip Ward’s piece, “Continuum” on multiple occasions (2014).
PERC (Professional Ensemble Recording Competition) Winner for “String Quartet No. 1” (2012).
Director’s Award in BIOLA Youth Theatre (2010).
Achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (2008).