Samantha Terry is a music educator, performer, hiker, runner, video game and anime nerd. A Coloradan since the age of three, she is now a first year music teacher at a public school with ambitions to balance high level performance abilities with a variety of instrumental experience, content knowledge, and a lifelong commitment to learning. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Performance from Metropolitan State University of Denver. A passion for instrumental music, euphonium is her primary voice along with many years of proficiency on violin, trombone, and other instruments.
As a performer, Samantha was principal euphonium of the university’s Wind Ensemble, a featured soloist with the MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra, and played for the Symphonic Band, Jazz Big Band, and Pep Band. Recently she played alongside the Boulder Symphony and MSU Denver Symphony Orchestra in Holst’s The Planets. She studied under Paul Naslund and Michael Allen.
Gathering experience as a conductor, Samantha studied privately with director of bands Dr. David Kish. She also was one of thirty fellowship recipients for the Art of Wind Band Teaching Symposium at the University of Minnesota in 2013 where she worked with Jack Stamp, Craig Kirchoff, Frank Battisti and others. Experiences as a conductor include MSU Denver’s Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, middle school and high school orchestras and bands, and chamber ensembles. A long time member of the Symphonic Anime Quartet, Samantha enjoys performing, and now conducting, across the country at anime and other fan-based conventions.