Sam received his B.M. in Violin Performance from Iowa State University. He then obtained his M.M. Violin Performance from James Madison University. In 2016, Sam attended the Philadelphia International Music Festival as an associate teacher. 

Performance and Teaching

Sam won the 2015 and 2016 Iowa State Fair Grand Champion Fiddler. In 2016, he performed in the JMU Concerto/Aria Competition and placed as a semifinalist.

Sam taught as a Music Instructor in the 2017 Harmonia School of Music & Art Summer Camp. 

At Levine

Sam joined Levine’s String program in May 2017.

“I connect deeply with Levine’s mission of bringing the availability of music lessons and concerts to the local community.”

Teaching Philosophy and Approach

Sam weaves together diverse and eclectic styles of performance and instruction to create both captivating music and a welcoming teaching atmosphere. By combining his knowledge and experience of Appalachian Fiddle with traditional Western, Classical Violin pedagogy, Sam matches his teaching style to the needs of his individual students.


I love my wife and our two dogs: Gypsy (Miniature Australian Shepherd) and Lucy (Bichon Frise).