Samuel Wells is a composer, performer, and music technologist based in New York City. As an advocate for new and exciting music, he actively commissions and performs contemporary works.

 photo credit: Jane Kozhevnikova

photo credit: Jane Kozhevnikova

Sam has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and France. He has also been a guest artist/composer at universities throughout North America, including Western Michigan University, Western University of Ontario, and Northern Arizona University. His work, stringstrung is the winner of the 2016 Miami International Guitar Festival Composition Competition. He has performed electroacoustic works for trumpet and presented his own music at the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, NYCEMF, N_SEME, and SEAMUS festivals. Sam and his music have also been featured by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) and Fulcrum Point Discoveries. Sam is a member of Arcus Collective, Kludge, and SPLICE Ensemble. Sam has performed regularly with the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra.

Sam's collaboration with Max Wellman, You Must Believe in Spring, is an album of new arrangements of classic songs from the American songbook. His work (dys)functions is published by qPress.

Sam has degrees in both performance and composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and graduate degrees in Trumpet Performance and Computer Music Composition at Indiana University. He has studied composition with Sven-David Sandström, Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi and Zhou Long, and trumpet with Keith Benjamin and John Rommel. He is currently on faculty at Molloy College.



M.M., Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music, May 2015
Trumpet Performance, Computer Music Composition

B.M., University of Missouri – Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance, May 2012
Music Performance (Trumpet), Music Composition

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor of Music, Molloy College, 2016 – present

Director of Concerts & Performance Faculty, SPLICE Institute, 2014 – present

Adjunct Lecturer of Music, Indiana University East, January 2015 – May 2015

Assistant Director Sabbatical Replacement, Center for Electronic and Computer Music (CECM), Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, August 2014 – December 2014

Grants & Awards

Jerome Fund for New Music
American Composers Forum, 2016

Miami International Guitar Festival
2016 Emerging Composers Category Winner: stringstrung for guitar and video

Indiana University Dean's Prize in Music Composition
2015 Category D Winner: Leander’s Swim for piano and live electronics

Mrs. Hong Pham Memorial Recognition Award for New Music Performance
2013, 3rd place

Guest Artist Appearances

Ball State University (2015)
Bowling Green State University (2015)
Miami University (2015)
Silver Lake Chamber Music Festival (2015)
Millersville University (2015)
Western Michigan University (2015)
University of California – San Diego (2015)
Northern Arizona University (2015)
Western University of Ontario (2014)
Montana State University (2014)
Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2013)
Fulcrum Point New Music Project: Discoveries (2013)
SEMINAR High School Summer Music Camp (2013)
Des Moines Civic Music Association (2012)
Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (2011)

Festivals & Conferences

Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) National Festival (2015, 2017)
Root Signals Electronic Music Festival (2015)
New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2014, 2015)
Bang On A Can Summer Festival (2015)
June in Buffalo Performance Institute (2015)
National Student Electronic Music Event (2014)
Electroacoustic Barn Dance (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
Electronic Music Midwest (2012, 2013, 2014)
The Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Eastern Music Festival (2010)
Domaine Forget (2009, 2010)
Summer Brass Institute and Festival (2009)
Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice (2009)

Other Experience

Contemporaneous, production manager (2015 – 2017)
Boosey & Hawkes, circulating materials librarian, (2015 – 2016)
Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Trumpet III (2013 – 2014)
MahlerFest Orchestra, Trumpet III (2012 – 2014)