Joseph Samuel (b. 1975, Virginia) is an American composer and conductor.
Mr. Samuel grew up in Middletown, Maryland. He graduated from DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelor of Music degree cum laude in clarinet performance, where he studied with renowned clarinetists Larry Combs and John Yeh; and completed his Master of Music in Conducting degree and graduate certificate in clarinet performance at the University of Texas – San Antonio, where he also studied composition primarily with James Syler and Ethan Wickman, as well as Federico Agostinelli during a semester abroad in Italy. He has studied conducting with Lawrence Christianson, John Zarco, Ronald Ellis.
Joseph Samuel is active in the musical scene of San Antonio as a composer and conductor. He was appointed as the musical director of the San Antonio Community Wind Ensemble in 2019 and also is the associate conductor and a founding member of the San Antonio Harmonie Ensemble. He spent eight years as an active-duty Army musician serving at Fort Eustis, Virginia, Youngsan, Korea, with the 323D Army Band here in San Antonio, TX, and is now an Army Reserve musician with the 191st Army Band in Dublin, Calif. His composition Dublin’s Sword was written for and premiered by the 191st Army Band at the Golden Gate Community Band Festival in June 2019.
In addition to his time in the Army Band, Mr. Samuel has spent many years in a wide variety of professional activities including freelance clarinetist and teacher, conductor, church worship leader/song-writer, and corporate sales manager for a security company in Chicago, and has gained respect as a top clarinet repair technician.
Works for Winds
- Songs of Solidarity (Flex instrumentation) (2020)
All Wind Works
- Joseph Samuel, personal correspondence, August 2020
- Joseph V. Samuel website Accessed 13 August 2020