Wilkes University

In 1968, with wife Harriet and son Erik, Rosendo moved to Mountaintop, PA, after joining the faculty of the Wilkes College Music Department. Soon afterwards would follow the birth of 2nd son, Nathan in 1970. The family then purchased their home in Swoyersville, PA. Next was the celebration of 3rd son, Jason in 1972. A few weeks later, Hurricane Agnes would arrive to Northeast PA leaving widespread destruction as a result of the flooding of the Susquehanna River.

Ros composed "A Dawn of Hope" for this special concert benefitting the flood victims of 1972.  Concert was held on Oct. 29th at the Masonic Temple in Scranton, PA.
Ros composed “A Dawn of Hope” for this special concert benefitting the flood victims of 1972. Concert was held on Oct. 29th at the Masonic Temple in Scranton, PA.

Wilkes College 1973 Yearbook
Wilkes College 1973 Yearbook

The fledgling Music Department appearing in the 1973 Yearbook included:

Row 1: H.Cutler Fall, Anne Vanko Liva, William Gasbarro, Chairman; William J. Weber, Theodore M. Veremeychick, Richard B. Chapline;

Row 2: Michael Haberkorn, Herbert Garber, Raymond J. Nutaitis, Richard Probert, Rosendo E. Santos

Missing from pic: Clifford E. Balshaw

His teaching areas included elementary and advanced theory, counterpoint, Music 101, ear-training (solfeggio). Among the ensembles he led, most prominent was the Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He would be ever-dedicated to his students, accompanying them in performances, composing concerti for recitals, and even hosting them at the house for social engagements where he would frequently serve his famous lumpia, chicken adobo, or pansit! His students would affectionately call him “Chief”.

Conducting the Wilkes College Wind Ensemble
Conducting the Wilkes College Wind Ensemble

Wilkes College 1973 Yearbook: Russian Chorus
Wilkes College 1973 Yearbook: Russian Chorus

Ros and the Russian Chorus 1973
Ros and the Russian Chorus 1973

Posing with William Gasbarro and students in Gies Hall
Posing with William Gasbarro and students in Gies Hall
Accompanying student in Gies Hall
Accompanying student in Gies Hall

In 1978, this article penned by Alan Tepper appeared in the local newspaper as a feature on his career:
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This is the premiere performance of his Piano Concerto #3, composed for pianist Mark Mrozinski and conducted by Jerome Campbell:
first movement:

second movement:

third movement:

This is the premiere performance (on the same concert as the Piano Concerto #3) of his Schlagwark March. He was spontaneously invited to join the ensemble on crash cymbals! His many composed marches prompted the moniker: “The March King of Swoyersville”.

Rosendo never limited his compositional range of genre. The concert on Dec. 7, 1989 given by the Wilkes College Jazz Ensemble (under the direction of Tom Heinze) featured his “Rose Blossom.” This concert also featured his second son, Nathan, who was in his second year as a student at Wilkes.

Standard-Speaker Hazleton Dec. 1, 1989 p. 24 announcing the Wilkes College Jazz Ensemble.
Standard-Speaker Hazleton Dec. 1, 1989 p. 24 announcing the Wilkes College Jazz Ensemble

At his retirement, he was conferred as Professor Emeritus by President Christopher Breiseth. He continued to teach Music 101 until the last year before his death.

Professor Emeritus
Professor Emeritus

Below is the announcement in the Hazleton Standard-Speaker of the Wilkes University 1992 Commencement. This would prove to be a special ceremony as jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993) was to accept an Honorary doctor of Human Letter degree, with his friend and colleague drummer Max Roach (1924-2007) attending on his behalf. This event acknowledged Rosendo’s conferred status as Professor Emeritus. To celebrate Gillespie’s special honor, the Wilkes University Jazz Ensemble provided the music with son Nathan playing bass in his cap and gown as he was a member of this graduating class of 1992. And to conclude the ceremony, wife Rev. Harriet L Santos then serving as pastor at Shavertown United Methodist Church gave the benediction.

Wilkes University 1992 Commencement featured honors for Rosendo, Harriet, and son Nathan.
Wilkes University 1992 Commencement featured honors for Rosendo, Harriet, and son Nathan.

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