UCR Concert Band
Lauren Wasynczuk, conductor
Rossano Galante, composer
Streamed March 10, 2021, 6:00 P.M. PST
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Rossano Galante (b. 1967) received his Bachelor of Arts degree in trumpet performance from SUNY at Buffalo in 1992. That same year he was one of nineteen people across the country to be accepted to the Film Scoring Program at the University of Southern California. He studied with the late Jerry Goldsmith, winner of an Academy Award for his score to The Omen. In 1999 he moved to California to pursue a career in film composition and orchestration.
Among Mr. Galante’s film credits, he composed additional music for Scary Movie 3 and the full score for the film, Channels. He also served as orchestrator for the films: The Invisible; Pulse; Elephant Tales; Red Eye; The Breed; The Tuxedo; Saved!; Big Fat Liar; Tuesdays With Morrie; Walking Across Egypt; The Wedding Party and Interstate 60.
Mr. Galante has been commissioned by the Nebraska Wind Symphony, the Amherst Chamber Orchestra, Trenton State College, SUNY at Buffalo, Grand Island Middle School, Syracuse Youth Symphony, Point Pleasant Borough High School, North Tonawanda High School, Lockport City School District, Erie County Wind Ensemble and the Hofstra University Symphonic Band.
A native of Los Angeles, Lauren Wasynczuk leads an active career as a conductor, saxophonist and music educator dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages. A staunch advocate for arts education and community engagement, Lauren has shared her artistic leadership through masterclasses, workshops and conducting engagements. Her teaching and conducting experience spans from working in primary and secondary schools to professionals in wind orchestra, symphony orchestra, opera and vocal ensembles. Ensembles she has conducted include the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra (Zlín, Czech Republic), London Classical Soloists, Miami Symphony Orchestra, and Saratoga Orchestra (Whidbey Island, Washington).
Elsewhere in California: Cal State University, Northridge TEMPO New Music Ensemble (Los Angeles), Irvine Classical Players (Irvine), Marina del Rey Summer Symphony (Los Angeles), Santa Monica Symphony (Santa Monica), Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (San Luis Obispo), and the Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra (Pasadena).
In January 2020, Lauren was appointed Director of the University of California, Riverside Concert Band. Previously, she served as Artistic & Ensembles Director of Young Musicians Foundation, Assistant/Cover Conductor of Opera San Luis Obispo, Assistant Director of the Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble (Hartford, Connecticut), Guest Conductor of the Westlake Village Symphony (Westlake Village) and Guest Conductor of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra. For the 2019-2020 season, Lauren was awarded Conducting Fellow with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Allentown, Pennsylvania). Her multifaceted work has provided her opportunity to appear in concerts and music festivals throughout North America and Europe.
Lauren holds a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School (West Hartford, Connecticut), graduating as a member of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. In addition to her conducting engagements, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Palisades and is a member of the Development Committee for the American International Paderewski Piano Competition.
To learn more about Lauren Wasynczuk, visit laurenwasynczuk.com