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Sam Scheibe is an American composer, conductor, and vocalist whose music is  driven by wordplay, harmony, and groove. His influences draw from his experiences as a performer in traditional choral music, jazz, rock, and pop a cappella. Scheibe’s original music has been performed and commissioned by ensembles across the United States and the United Kingdom including Frost Chorale, Seraphour, Laude, the Catholic Sacred Music Project, Anchorae, West Jersey Chamber Music Society, Choir Next Door, and University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir. His music has been professionally recorded by the GRAMMY-nominated Westminster Williamson Voices and featured on EWTN. His compositions are published by GIA publications, Walton, Gentry Music, and See-A-Dot Music. 
 

Sam is in demand as a conductor, vocalist, and clinician. He has sung  with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. As an active performer, he sings as a bass-baritone with professional ensembles including Seraphic Fire, the Spoleto Festival Chorus, the Same Stream Choir, the Catholic Sacred Music Project, and Choir Next Door. 
 

Sam is the interim Director of the Penn Glee Club at the University of Pennsylvania, and will be a Visiting Instructor of Music and Interim Director of Choirs at Centre College in Danville, KY starting January, 2025. Sam also works as a Bass-Baritone at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. 
 

Sam currently lives in Vorhees, NJ. He is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player, matcha enthusiast, and loves turn-based strategy games. His favorite color is purple, and his all-time favorite band is Coldplay. 

 

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SERVICES

Journey

Frost Chorale

Journey is work inspired by the idea of semantic satiation, or when a word is repeated so often it loses its meaning. A refrain altered from the South African song, Hamba Nathi (Come, Walk with Us), is repeated as various solos enter over top. After enough repetition, the phrase begins to fall apart entirely, with voices only singing a fragment of each word.

Sysiphized (coming soon)

Sam Scheibe, James Harris, John Franek, CAS Music Productions

Sysiphized is a studio work for Baritone, Piano, and Recorded Sounds. The work tells the story of Sysiphus through textless loops and textures, loosely based off text from Andrew Bird's "Sysiphus". 

"Sisyphus peered into the mist
A stone's throw from the precipice, paused
Did he jump or did he fall as he gazed into the maw of the morning mist?
Did he raise both fists and say, 'To hell with this,' and just let the rock roll?"


-Andrew Bird, "Sysiphus" from My Finest Work Yet

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Iam Lucis

Catholic Sacred Music Project

Iam Lucis was comissioned as part of the Catholic Sacred Music Project's Composition Fellowship in May of 2023. Sam and 7 other composers were slected to work with Sir James MacMillan and Dr. Tim McDonnel to each premier a new work using texts from the feast of corpus christi. 

Again

Performed by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir

"Again is a wordless (well, almost wordless...) depiction of insomnia and the problems therein - it is a colorful realisation of the power that voices hold even without narrative devices or text itself."
-Phillip A Cooke

RECORDINGS

O Magnum Mysterium

Westminster Williamson Voices

Aurora, GIA Publications 2020

Music by Sam Scheibe

Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Westminster Williamson Voices

A Scattered Light in Winter, GIA Publications 2020

arr. Sam Scheibe

RECENT PERFORMANCES

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