Midori Samson is a bassoonist, educator, and advocate for the arts. In addition to her work as a Civic Fellow, she is the newly appointed 2nd bassoonist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Last season, she performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in several children’s concerts in the the roles of bassoonist, “Hunter” and “Ms. Dog”. Prior to moving to the Midwest, she performed in the Austin, Charleston, and New World symphonies, National Orchestral Institute, New York String Orchestra, and Pacific Music Festival. Her chamber music appearances include the Norfolk and Bowdoin International music festivals, Banff Centre, and Elliott Carter’s 102nd birthday party. As a soloist, she has performed in recitals at Brevard Music Center, New York’s Philippine Consulate, and as the Texas winner of the Music Teachers National Association competition.
Midori has presented masterclasses at Wright State University, the University of Santo Tomas, and the Philippine High School for the Arts. Deeply passionate about making music with children, she has worked with organizations like Artists Striving to End Poverty to organize and facilitate interdisciplinary arts workshops in Austin, Guatemala, India, New Orleans, and The Philippines. She is a founder of Trade Winds Ensemble, which continues to host music workshops in Kenya, Tanzania, and most recently in partnership with a refugee center in Chicago. She was awarded the Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” Prize, and the McGraw-Hill Award for Music Education and Community Outreach for this work.
Midori holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she stays busy caring for her rabbit Fang, and cooking a meal from every country of the world, week-by-week.
Midori Samson’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by Leslie Fund Inc.