Beginning his composing career in 2004, Matthew Samson has enjoyed performances of his music across the United States, and in venues such as Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church, The Pentagon, The National Cathedral, The Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, and the White House, and under the direction of conductors such as Dr. Joe Miller and Charles Bruffy. In 2012, he was selected for the Pittsburgh Symphony’s 8th annual student reading session, with Maestro Lawrence Loh conducting the four winning pieces. Matthew holds degrees in composition from Westminster Choir College and Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Dr. Joel Phillips and Leonardo Balada, respectively. Most recently, he earned a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the University of South Carolina, under Dr. Donald Portnoy. He is currently a doctoral student in composition at the University of Maryland, under David Froom. In addition to composing and conducting, Matthew enjoys singing, playing piano, classic literature, long walks on the beach, pondering the meaning of life, finding money in his pockets, films that are not stupid, brewing the most amazing home-made iced tea ever, getting lost on purpose, and sleeping for very long periods of time.
Chorister/Soloist for hire