Sam Seyong Um is a percussion artist, performer, and educator. He has been featured in many music series and festivals such as Yellow Barn, Musical Masterworks, Nasher Sculpture Center and appeared on the stages of renowned halls such as Carnegie Hall, Cite De la Musique of the Philharmonie de Paris, and Kennedy Center. Sam is also a member and social media manager of The Percussion Collective which emerged from one of the world’s foremost student percussion ensembles, the Yale Percussion Group. The Percussion Collective have commissioned “Seaborne” from a world-renowned composer, Garth Neaustadter and have given concerts in various places in the US and China. Sam will also appear as a soloist alongside other members of The Percussion Collective with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Sam has appeared as a soloist with the Yale Philharmonia under the direction of Maestro Peter Ounjian and was the winner of the concerto competition. He is also the winner of the Concerto Competition at the Eastman School of Music and a 3rd place recipient at the 2012 PAS Marimba Competition. As an active educator, Sam has given lectures and clinics at The Curtis Institute, The Peabody Conservatory, The Eastman School of Music Summer at Eastman program, and New Life Foundation. Sam premiered many new works by composers such as Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis and Hannah Lash. Sam is an active artist in community outreach/community engagement programs performing in various places in the world such as Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, and in the United States with programs such as the Yellow Barn Music Haul, and The New Life Foundation. Sam earned his Masters degrees at the Yale School of Music with a Havemeyer Scholarship under Robert van Sice. He earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music with the Howard Hanson Scholarship and John Beck Scholarship under Michael Burritt and was honored with the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. Sam is currently pursuing Doctoral degree at the Peabody Conservatory. Sam is a proud endorser of Vic Firth and Evans Drumheads.
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