Samuel Wells is a composer, performer, and arranger based in Bloomington, Indiana. As an advocate for new and exciting music, he actively commissions and performs contemporary works for trumpet.
Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Sam has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada and France. He has performed electroacoustic works for trumpet and presented his own music at the Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar, as well as the Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and SEAMUS festivals. Sam and his music were featured by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) on November 12, 2011 as part KcEMA’s 2011-2012 concert series.
This past summer, Sam collaborated with Max Wellman and the Belin Quartet to create all new arrangements of classic songs from the American songbook. His recent work (dys)functions is published by qPress.
Sam has degrees in both performance and composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied composition with James Mobberley, Paul Rudy, Chen Yi and Zhou Long, and trumpet with Keith Benjamin. He is currently pursuing graduate degrees in Trumpet and Computer Music Composition at Indiana University, where he serves as the Assistant Director of the IU New Music Ensemble.
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