Nathan Santos

Nathan Santosis a versatile performer, educator, and composer.  A native of Wilkes-Barre, PA, he began formal piano instruction at age 5 and subsequently added training in clarinet, bass, guitar, and voice. He received his B.M. from Wilkes University in Music Performance, and his M.M. in Studio Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, Florida. He served on the faculties of Tiffin University, Indiana University of PA, St. Francis University, Penn State University-Main, University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown, Terra State Community College, and currently serves Heidelberg University, Lesson 1 Studios, and Forte Music in Ohio. Awarded the 2013-14 TU Faculty Member of the Year, he developed various innovative academic courses in theory and composition, history, pedagogy, directed vocal, instrumental, and chamber ensembles, and applied concentration in bass, guitar, strings, composition, voice, and piano. He is the current Vice President for Jazz Education Connection of Ohio (JECO). He has been published in the OMEA Triad Magazine. He also has been featured on the podcast, Something For Nothing: A RUSH Fancast.

He has been guest conductor for PMEA District Jazz Choirs and Big Bands, and clinician in PMEA and OMEA State Conferences, and Jazz Education Network (JEN). He performed in the Stanton/JECO Reading Big Band for OMEA Conventions from 2019-2021.

He has shared the stage with such notable performers as Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Joe Morello, Olivia Newton-John, Sherryl Milnes, Chris Standring, Lou Christie, John Blake, Jr., George Young, Marvin Stamm, Scott Lavender, Mike Tomaro, Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Five By Design, River City Brass, Steve Fidyk, Ed Soph, Jonathan Kreisberg, Carrie Tillis, Steve Lippia, Chloe Feoranzo, Aubrey Johnson, Billy Test, Jimi Goare, and many others. He is a current member of Wally & the Beavs, multiple tribute projects associated with Soundskape-Entertainment, and freelances in jazz ensembles such as the Myles Bowers Quartet, S’yVelt, and Skatch Anderssen Big Band, and regional musical theater productions.  He has appeared on several recordings which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.

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