Bachelor of Arts in Music (Minor in Chinese), Concordia College
Every Child Can (Carrie Reuning-Hummel), Ithaca, NY
Cello Book 1 (Sally Gross), Ithaca, NY
Samantha has been an independent private teacher in various parts of the country such as New York, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Samantha graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a Bachelor of Arts in music. Pedagogical research has been a part of her studies since starting music. In 2013, she received a Student Government Undergraduate Research Award to study the teaching pedagogy of Richard Kapucinski with Professor Stephen Doane at Eastman Conservatory of Music. Another cellist interviewed for this research was Elizabeth Simkin in Ithaca, NY. Samantha studied with Simkin from 2014-2015, as well as Carrie Reuning-Hummel, studying the Suzuki method in depth. In the summer of 2015, Samantha attended the Suzuki Festival in Ithaca to complete her teacher training in Suzuki Cello Book 1 with Sally Gross.
Samantha has attended festivals around the world. In summer of 2012 she participated in the Vale Veneto Music Festival in Brazil and studied at the Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria, Italy in 2013. She has played in semi-professional orchestras, including the Colgate Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra in North Dakota. In 2014, she soloed with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra after sharing first prize in their concerto competition.
Samantha is currently living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area privately teaching and pursuing an MM in Cello Performance with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
I believe that anyone can make music, and that anyone can be taught how to play any instrument. It was Shinichi Suzuki that said “Every child can”, and I fully embrace this philosophy within my own teaching through the Suzuki method. Playing an instrument teaches discipline, love of learning, and patience. In my studio I strive to cultivate a positive environment that emphasizes these qualities as well as fostering creativity while making music.