Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Sam Swartz
Sam Swartz, tuba, is a 1996 graduate of Boston University’s School of Music at the College of Fine Arts. There he was a student of J. Samuel Pilafian, formerly of the Empire Brass, now at Arizona State, and John Manning of the Atlantic Brass and also the Univ. of Iowa. He performs locally with several orchestras including but not limited to The 92nd Street Y Workshop Orchestra, and One World Symphony. Also previous performances with Richmond County Orchestra, Centre Symphony, Inner School Orchestra among others.
Sam is also an actor: a highlight was a run with Honkbark Production’s Vital Theatre Production of Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in January 2006, where he played Mustardseed (probably the largest portrayal ever) and led the onstage band on tuba and euphonium. It was probably also the first time The Tongs and The Bones was ever played at Bottom’s request on stage in character by a tuba player.
Originally from Paterson, New Jersey, he moved to El Paso, Texas at age seven where he started playing euphonium and later tuba in the sixth grade. In El Paso, he was a student of Jorge Avendano of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. A 1989 graduate of Coronado High School in El Paso, he is looking forward to the Orchestra from Coronado’s performance at Carnegie Hall as a part of Mid America Productions next June, where he will solo.
Sam also is an Interfaith Minister, having graduated and received ordination from New York’s All-Faith Seminary under Rabbi Joseph Gelberman in 2004. He performs wedding and other spiritual ceremonies locally and nationally.
Musica Bella concerts: October 22, 2006; December 10, 2006; February 18, 2007