David Sampson

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born in 1951 in Charlottesville, VA, United States

David S. Sampson

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David Sampson (b. 1951, Charlottesville, Virginia) is a prolific composer and trumpet player currently living in New Jersey. He is currently Composer-in-Residence with the Colonial Symphony Orchestra (1998–2007) and plays with them as well.

David Sampson received a 2006 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has also received major grants from the NEA, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Barlow Endowment, Jerome Foundation, Cary Trust, and the Dodge Foundation, among others. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Hunter College, Manhattan School of Music, and the Écoles d'Art Américaines, where his teachers included Karel Husa, Henri Dutilleux and John Corigliano in composition; and Gerard Schwarz, Gilbert Johnson, Robert Nagel, and Raymond Mase in instrumental lessons for trumpet. His music is published by Editions BIM, Cantate Press and David Sampson Music. He has served on the Board of the Composers Guild of New Jersey and the Advisory Board of the Bergen Foundation.[1]

He also teaches trumpet and conducts an orchestra in the Randolph, New Jersey school district. He is fondly known to his students as Doc, and they inspired his Wind Ensemble piece, Moving Parts. Every year, near the beginning of the school year, Sampson composes the audition piece that the Randolph trumpet players practice to determine their seating.

His older brother, Bill Sampson, was one of the many killed in the Greensboro massacre in 1979. The grief he felt following the event affected much of his work, particularly In Memoriam: W.E.S., which is an actual description of the events (Sampson) saw on TV.[1]


  • The Skein for Soprano and Piano, 1973
  • Fanfare for Canterbury Cathedral for Double Brass Quintet, 1978
  • The Mysteries Remain for Trumpet and Piano, 1979
  • O Blessed Face for Flute, Harp, Organ and Chorus, 1978
  • Permit Me Voyage for Viola and Piano, 1978
  • Passage for Viola and Flugelhorn, 1979
  • Flashback for Percussion Quartet, 1980
  • Litany of Breath for Solo Trumpet:, 1980
  • The Endless Instant for Clarinet and Percussion, 1980
  • Cuttings for Piano, 1980
  • The Notes Fit To Print for Orchestra, 1980
  • Trumpet Descants on Festive Hymns, 1981
  • In Memoriam: W.E.S. for Woodwind Quintet, 1981
  • Peace for a cappella Chorus,1981
  • Flight for Three Trumpets, 1982
  • The Birthday for Soprano, Oboe, Violincello and Harp, 1982
  • Winter Ceremony for Two Trumpets and Percussion, 1983
  • Trumpet Descants on Christmas Hymns, 1983
  • Nine Times Mime for Oboe, Harp and Percussion, 1983
  • The War Prayer (1984-5) One-Act Opera for Six Soloists, SATB Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, 1984-5
  • Behold How Good and Lovely It Is for Chorus and Organ, 1984
  • Four Scenes and an Epilogue for Soprano, String Quartet and Harp, 1984
  • Echoes and Other Ghosts for Brass Quintet, 1986
  • Morning Music for Brass Quintet, 1986
  • Three Christmas Scenes for Flute/Picc., Oboe/English Horn, Violoncello, Piano and Chorus, 1987
  • Points for Brass Octet and Percussion, 1983 rev 1987
  • In Time for Bass Trombone, Piano and Percussion, 1988
  • The Song My Paddle Sings for Chorus a cappella, 1987
  • The Figured Wheel for Soprano, Oboe/English Horn, Bassoon and Piano, 1988
  • Reflections on a Dance for Fourteen Brass and Two Percussion, 1988
  • Our Fathers Road: A Cantata for New Sweden for Narrator, Soprano, Oboe/English Horn, Violoncello, Piano and Percussion, *1989
  • Three Portraits for Tuba Solo and Chamber Orchestra, 1990
  • Distant Voices for Brass Quintet, 1990
  • Simple Lives for Orchestra, 1990
  • Triptych for Trumpet Solo and Orchestra, 1991
  • Solo for Flugelhorn unaccompanied, 1991
  • Four Winds for Wind Quartet, 1991
  • Sonata Forty for Horn and Piano, 1991
  • Without Warning for Piano, 1992
  • Shout for Joy! for Brass Quartet, Organ and Choir, 1992
  • Three Arguments for unaccompanied Violoncello, 1993
  • Westfield Fanfare for Thirteen Brass and Three Percussion, 1993
  • Short Stories for Wind Quintet, 1994
  • Emmas Dance for Tuba and Piano, 1994
  • Praise! for Choir and Organ, 1994
  • Turns for Violoncello and Orchestra, 1994
  • Evensong for Tuba and Computer, 1995
  • Hommage JFK for Fourteen Brass and Three Percussion, 1995
  • Monument for Orchestra, 199697
  • Voices of Our Youth for Flute, Viola, Violoncello, Harp and Chorus, 1997
  • Serenade for Flugelhorn and String Orchestra, 1998
  • Dectet for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello, and Double Bass, 1998
  • Strata for Brass Quintet:, 1999
  • Notes from Faraway Places: Three Suites of Concert Etudes for one or two Trumpets, 2000
  • Concerto for Dancers and String Orchestra, 2000
  • The Elements for String Quartet, 2001
  • Jersey Rain for Baritone Solo, Chorus and Orchestra, 2001
  • Duncan Trio for Brass Trio, 2002
  • Breathing Lessons for Saxophone Quartet, 2002
  • Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra, 2003
  • Moving Parts for Wind Ensemble, 2003
  • New Providence Overture for Orchestra, 2003
  • Entrance/Exit for Brass Quintet, 2003
  • Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and String Orchestra, 2004
  • Breakaway for Two Trumpets and Electronics, 2004
  • Serenata for Tuba and Wind Ensemble, 2005
  • Breathing Lessons' for String Quartet, 2006
  • Serenade for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble, 2006
  • Outburst for Wind Ensemble, 2006
  • Sketches for Violin and Marimba, 2007
  • Morning Pages for Trumpet unaccompanied, 200507
  • A Vanished World for Flute unaccompanied, 2007, 2007[2]
  • Millbrook Suite for Wind Ensemble, 2008 [3]


  1. Kandell, Leslie. "Transcending a Painful Moment in History." 20 October 1996. The New York Times.
  2. davidsampsoncomposer.com
  3. http://www.davidsampsoncomposer.com/compositions.html
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