University of Redlands

Seven winning students to be showcased at University of Redlands President's Honor Recital

The renowned University of Redlands School of Music will present seven esteemed student musicians and vocalists who have won the coveted opportunity of performing in the U of R President’s Honor Recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8 in the Memorial Chapel on the university’s main campus. This event is free and open to the public.

For almost four decades, the President’s Honor Recital has been a showcase for outstanding performers in the School of Music who earn their spot through an audition process. The 2020 winning students are:

  • Joseph Candelaria ’22 is working toward a music degree with a major in piano performance.  He credits the University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp for sustaining his passion for piano.  As half of the musical duo Chips and Salsa, he performs tangos and rags for events such as the University of Redlands Piano Showcase and Admitted Students Day.  Joseph, who holds numerous musical scholarships, is a student of Artist Professor Louanne Long.

  • Jorge Araujo Felix ’20 was first introduced to the trumpet at age 12 and spent his adolescent years playing with numerous ensembles.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in trumpet performance, studying with Professor David Scott, his first trumpet instructor.  He became a student substitute with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and plays trumpet as a cast member at Disneyland Park.  He also performed as a President’s Honor Recital winner in 2019.

  • Ian Kaminski ’17, ’19, ’21, is known for his vibrant playing and masterful technique on the violin.  The concertmaster of the University of Redlands Orchestra, Ian is also a student member of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.  Ian has two degrees from the U of R; he studied violin performance with Jeanne Skrocki as an undergraduate and received his master’s in music as a student of Samuel Fischer.  Ian is currently working on his artist diploma from U of R, studying under Sherry Kloss.  He maintains a private studio in Redlands, and he enjoys working with youth orchestras and coaching chamber music with young musicians in his spare time.

  • Justin Lee ’21 is pursuing a double degree in piano performance and mathematics.  A scholarship piano student of Artist Professor Louanne Long, Justin is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards for his piano performances.  He began studying piano at the age of six.  In high school, he performed in Carnegie Hall in New York when he received second prize in the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music.  At home in Walnut, Justin maintains a piano studio of 13 students.  Justin maintains a GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0 and has consistently appeared on the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement.  He is involved in U.S. honorary national mathematics society Pi Mu Epsilon and is the treasurer of the Asian Student Association.

  • Jacob Miner ’20 is no stranger to the President’s Honor Recital; like Jorge, Jacob was a winner last year, too.  Before coming to Redlands, Jacob was a member of the Young Musicians Choral Orchestra as a flutist under conductor and mentor Anthony Parnther.  At Redlands, Jacob has achieved much: he is the current ASUR student body president; a Maroon and Grey student ambassador; a springboard diver on the varsity swim and dive team; and a past performer with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra as a student substitute under the direction of international artist Ransom Wilson.  He is currently a student of international soloist and recording artist Sara Andon.

  • Isaiah Solares ’21 is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance under the tutelage of Professor Kathryn Nevin.  He has played the clarinet for nearly 12 years and has loved every second of it.  During his time at Redlands, Isaiah has performed with the Wind Ensemble, University Orchestra, and Chapel Singers.  He has had the opportunity to play as a student musician with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and has participated in the Montecito International Music Festival.  Isaiah was a featured concerto soloist with the Murrieta High School Wind Ensemble.

  • Danilo Virata ’20 is a percussionist majoring in music education.  The guitar was his first instrument, but he later added percussion instruments such as the vibraphone to his repertoire.  In high school, he developed a passion for teaching music and leadership skills as captain of the marching band’s drumline.  He earned his Associate of Arts at Riverside City College, where he played guitar with a classical ensemble.  In 2018 he came to Redlands to earn his bachelor’s degree and teaching credential.