Sam Ritter (b.1990) 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.
In his final year of undergraduate study, his a cappella setting of a Rosetti text entitled “Lament Not, My Dearest” was performed in the Vanguard Premieres Choral Composition Competition in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. Ritter then served in Rome, Italy as the director of choral music at la Roma Battista Chiesa Evangelica and sang with the New Chamber Singers and il Coro da Camera Italiano.
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 and is the Director of choirs at St. Paul United Methodist Church.