Sam Kreidenweis is a bass-baritone and administrator living in Boston. While living in Ohio, Sam oversaw the audition and admissions process at the University of Dayton’s Department of Music. Acting as a liaison between prospective students and professors, he worked to overhaul the workings of the Department of Music using audition data collected from previous years, which resulted in a major increase of applicants, including applications from all fifty states. Sam also serves as the American singer representative for Anúna, a professional choir based in Dublin, Ireland. As a lover and interpreter of art song, Sam enjoys not only the opportunity to let moments both in the text and the melody inspire his own creativity, but also to help listeners experience a breadth of emotion through song that they may have never known before.
As a vocal chamber music artist Sam appears nationally with GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare (Austin, TX), Skylark Vocal Ensemble (Atlanta, GA), Kinnara Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati, OH), and has sung previously with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. Internationally Sam works with the Dublin, Ireland based ensemble, Anúna with whom he has toured throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, China, and Japan. While singing with the Phoenix Chorale he recorded the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil with Chandos Records alongside the Kansas City Chorale, which won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Choral Performance in 2016. Other album credits include Considering Matthew Shepard (to be released 2016) with Conspirare, Revelations with Anúna and two recordings with Skylark Vocal Ensemble – Forgotten Dreams (2013) and Crossing Over (due to be released in 2016). He has worked closely with conductors, directors and composers such as Charles Bruffy, Craig Hella Johnson, David Charles Abell, Gil Rose, Michael McGlynn, Neil Gittleman, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Tara Faircloth.
In 2008 Sam joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as the soloist in a work by living composer Moira Levant based on the poem by Liam Mac Uistín that is inscribed in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, Ireland. The following year, maestro Neil Gittleman invited Sam to return as a soloist for the world premiere of Songs of Rumi by Jeff Olmsted. Recent solo appearances include the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati (Bach Mass in B Minor), Boston University’s Marsh Chapel & Collegium (Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri; BWV 1, 67, 31 & 4), Solis Camerata (Bach Jesu ist meine Freude; Monteverdi Vespers of 1610), Camelback Bible Church (Handel’s Messiah) Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (Rutter Mass of the Children), and University of Dayton Chamber Choir (Fauré Requiem).
No stranger to the operatic and musical theatre stages, Sam has worked with the Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Arizona Opera Company, and the Lyric Opera Theatre at Arizona State University. His roles have included Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf (Into the Woods), and Harry Witherspoon (Lucky Stiff). While with the Arizona Opera Chorus he also worked as a Teaching Artist with their education outreach program, Operatunity. Sam currently continues his work with education by giving master classes for both youth and adults with Anúna.
Upcoming engagements include joining the Santa Fe Desert Chorale for their Summer 2016 season, soloist for the Fauré Requiem with the Newburyport Chorale, and a tour of Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.