Sam Ritter is a doctoral student and associate instructor at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His major field of study is in choral conducting with minors in composition and music theory. His principal professors of composition have been Daniel Musselman, Sven-David Sandström and P.Q. Phan. His current mentors in conducting are Betsy Burleigh, Walter Huff, and Dominick DiOrio.
Sam has recently had pieces performed in Canterbury, UK, and is currently composing a large work for chorus and orchestra to fill the dissertation requirement at IU. He is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
At Indiana University, he has been the associate conductor for the premier contemporary vocal ensemble, NOTUS, in addition to the associate chorus master for The Music Man. In the 2017-2018 season, he will take part in conducting and preparing Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion, Bernstein’s West Side Story, and Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life. Currently, he is the Music Director of the New Voices Opera. In his free time, you’ll find him biking around Bloomington and playing Ultimate Frisbee.