Mr. Willie Santiago

Willie Santiago is a woodwind and brass instructor.  He has taught middle school and high school band at Pinegrove Middle School and West Hill High School in Syracuse, NY. He has taught individual woodwind and brass students on instruments ranging from flute, saxophone, clarinet, horn and trumpet. Mr. Santiago has been a member of the teaching faculty at the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina. He was the teaching assistant for the East Carolina University flute studio. He also holds K-12 music teacher certification from New York Sate. He received his Master’s of Music in Flute Performance from East Carolina University and his Bachelor’s of Music Education with Performance Honors from Syracuse University. He has performed in master classes for Nina Assimakapolous, Mario Caroli, Ian Clarke, Dr. Bradley Garner, Gary Schocker, and Jim Walker and has studied with Elaine Thoma, Kim Collins, Kelly Covert, and Dr. Christine Gustafson.

As a performer, Mr. Santiago is a strong advocate for contemporary music. He has premiered several compositions for concerts organized by the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative and various new music concerts in eastern North Carolina. Most recently, Mr. Santiago was involved in a project organized by the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative to record Travis Alford’s Loose Strands for wind ensemble.

Mr. Santiago has been named a semi-finalist with Stranded Silver in the Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Competition (April 2015) and will perform with them at the 2016 New Music Gathering held at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, MD.  He has won third place in the Emerging Artist Competition hosted by the International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University (July 2014) and the Hampton Roads Flute Faire’s Collegiate Division Competition (February 2015). He has also received an honorable mention and a superior rating for his solo and quartet performances at the Raleigh Area Flute Association’s Solo Competition and Solo/Ensemble Festival Review. In 2014, he was invited to attend the National Music Festival, a Summer orchestral institute, and participated as a flute apprentice where he performed in the festival orchestra and in multiple chamber music concerts.

Mr. Santiago has been active in many different aspects of music that include a variety of ensembles and experiences.  As a performer, he has served as a member of the East Carolina University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, he has sung with the ECU Chorale and Syracuse University’s Hendrick’s Chapel Choir, and he has been a member of the SU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Ensemble, and Samba Laranja, a Brazilian percussion and folk music ensemble.  Recently, Mr. Santiago accepted the position of concert manager for the music department of the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he is responsible for overseeing all concerts and events hosted by the department.