“...he is brightening the lives of kids in the
Brightmoor community with the sound of music.”
- 7 Action News Detroit
Sam Saunders (b.1993) is a composer, pianist, and community-driven entrepreneur. He has written dozens of works for various ensembles, including orchestra, chamber and solo works. Recently, he has shifted his creative focus to electronic and electro-acoustic music, and is working in musical forms that bridge classical and modern electronic sounds and form. In early 2018 he premiered a 70-minute work he composed alongside the concertmaster and several principal string players from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist, Sam has performed in numerous solo recitals, and as concerto soloist with orchestra. For example, in 2016, he performed a self-composed work to a sold out audience at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor as part of the Collage Concert. He has studied and performed a wide swath of music, but specializes in the music of Bach and Beethoven.
Sam is the founder and the first executive director of the non-profit organization Seven Mile Music, which provides free music lessons every week to over 200 children in underserved areas of Detroit.
Sam enjoys the outdoors whenever possible: mountain biking, whitewater canoeing, skiing. He was a flanker on his college’s D1 Rugby team.
Sam is a 2016 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music, with a Bachelor of Arts in music composition and a concentration in piano performance. He currently lives on the east side of Detroit, where he is pursuing his music career along with work in the community.