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Celebrating 61 Years of Musical Excellence

June 25 – July 30, 2022

Samuel Hollister

young white male with blond hair wearing tortiseshell eyeglasses holding a conductor baton
Credit: Julie Averette for Eastern Music Festival (2019)

Conductor, pianist, composer, and theorist Samuel Hollister believes that music tells powerful stories that bring people together. Currently, he is pursuing a master’s degree in orchestral conducting, studying with Marin Alsop at Peabody Conservatory. In 2020, Hollister received two graduate assistantship scholarships from Peabody to serve as opera accompanist and ear training teaching assistant. While a student in music and mathematics at Yale University, in addition to conducting the Saybrook College Orchestra, he was proud to recruit, organize, and conduct productions of Mozart’s Requiem and Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. Hollister has conducted world premieres of opera and concert music at the University of Rhode Island, with the PHACE ensemble in Vienna, and elsewhere around the world. He was recently chosen to conduct and arrange the Peabody Opera’s 2020 production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw. He was named a conducting scholar at Eastern Music Festival in 2019 and is thrilled to return in 2021 as conducting scholar and as the conductors’ session pianist. Hollister has studied internationally with maestri including Larry Rachleff, Jeffrey Douma, Giuseppe Montesano, and Wolfgang Scheidt, and in masterclass with musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma and Benjamin Zander. In 2018, Hollister founded Aurora Collaborative, a Rhode Island nonprofit music organization blending music with art and writing. He is artistic director of the organization and serves as conductor and music director of the Aurora Chamber Orchestra. Off of the podium, he is a passionate music theorist, busy private piano teacher, and an obsessive learner of languages and instruments.