Midori Samson (she/her) is a bassoonist, educator, activist, and scholar. She joined the UWSP faculty in 2019, where she works hard to nurture a spirit of community and collaborative learning within the bassoon studio. Her applied teaching emphasizes that students focus on bassoon fundamentals, one's own self-identified goals, and music as social impact.
Although she has enjoyed a career as a concert bassoonist, she is happiest participating in creative projects that exemplify community engagement, social justice, anti-racism, and peace. Recent collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma and Youth Music Culture Guangdong (China), Artists Striving to End Poverty (India), Ubumuntu Arts Festival (Rwanda), Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Project Tumugtog (Philippines), and The Peace Studio (New York). She is a former Fellow of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed with the Chicago, Omaha, Charleston, and New World symphonies. Since 2017, she has commissioned twelve bassoon solos by composers from across Africa, all of which she has performed in recitals at UWSP.
In the spring, she will finish her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the UW-Madison, studying bassoon and social welfare. Her dissertation discusses how musicians can operationalize social work frameworks in order to create a more anti-oppressive classical music landscape. She brings this philosophy to her applied bassoon teaching and to her role as the Artistic Director of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group of teaching artists who host composition workshops in partnership with social impact organizations in Nairobi, Chicago, and Detroit.
Please visit https://MidoriSamson.com