About the Composer
Samuel Hunter (b. 1988) is a composer of a wide variety of music whose vocal and choral works have been performed across the United States and internationally. He has received commissions from Vox Cordis, Furman University's Chancel Choir, Pastyme, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, and a variety of Anglican church choirs, and his music has been performed by Coro Città di Roma, the Association of Anglican Musicians Conference Choir, the Furman University Chamber Choir, and many others. Samuel is a graduate winner of the Sarofim Composition Competition and recipient of the Sarofim Graduate Commission, a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda, and was a runner up in the Chanticleer Student Composers Competition. In addition to his work as a composer, Samuel is an experienced arranger and orchestrator, and is the Principal Orchestrator and publisher of Frances Pollock's critically acclaimed debut opera Stinney. Beginning in August, Samuel will begin as Instructor in Music Theory and History and Composer in Residence at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Samuel performs regularly as a singer, participating in a variety of choirs during his time at Furman University and as a member of the AURA Contemporary Ensemble at the University of Houston and performing as a soloist. Samuel is also a founder and board member of Prima Volta, a Houston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating performance opportunities for young and upcoming artists, both behind-the-scenes creators and those bringing art to life on stage.
Samuel holds degrees from Furman University and the University of Houston, and has studied with Mark Kilstofte, Lorenzo Donati, Benjamin Broening, and Rob Smith, in addition to lessons and Master Classes with Daron Hagen, Jeffrey Ryan, and Kaija Saariaho. He is married to répétiteur Hailey Anthum Hunter, and they currently live in Asheville, North Carolina, with their cat Dinah.