Sam Livingston
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I grew up in McFarland, Wisconsin, near Madison.  Always an artsy kid, I knew I wanted to play percussion when I saw my sister perform with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.  The percussionists always seemed to be having the most fun and I was completely enthralled by the physical nature of the instrument.  The powerful sound sound and versatility of the marimba captivated me, and it's still my favorite percussion instrument to this day.  

After high school, I studied percussion at the University of Michigan, performing with the Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Symphony Orchestra.  I found that the most rewarding experiences came when I was in collaboration with composers, leading me to think a lot about the importance of creating new musical experiences for audiences.  After college, I worked briefly at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Kennedy Center.  Now I live in Brooklyn, NY and work for Carnegie Hall, supporting the important work of the Weill Music Institute.

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NYO-USA: Preparing Your Audition Video

Working on your NYO-USA audition video?  Check out this playlist of actual auditions from the 2013 orchestra.  When preparing for filming, bear in mind that there are many recording environments and a wide range of equipment that will produce a…See More
Oct 2, 2013
Kyle Yecke replied to Sam Livingston's discussion Clarinet Studio Class in the group Orchestra
"As a clarinetist myself, I can certainly say that the end of this third movement solo is frequently discussed in terms of audition and orchestral context. When playing it in the orchestra I would say it is absolutely imperative to make a…"
May 2, 2013
Samuel Brandão Marques left a comment for Sam Livingston
"The videos are great, very helpful! Thanks for letting me know of them!"
Apr 25, 2013
Paul MacAlindin replied to Sam Livingston's discussion Clarinet Studio Class in the group Orchestra
"Brilliant! I love posting videos like this on the NYO Iraq Facebook site because online is the only resource that most clarinettists in Iraq have to learn from. Keep them coming!"
Apr 21, 2013
Sam Livingston replied to Sam Livingston's discussion Clarinet Studio Class in the group Orchestra
"You're right Richard, you should show an understanding of the orchestral context in the audition.  Even if you choose to stick to the page you should certainly be aware of how you might perform differently in the orchestra.  There is…"
Apr 14, 2013
Richard Li replied to Sam Livingston's discussion Clarinet Studio Class in the group Orchestra
"I thought (and have even been instructed on several occasions) to be aware of the orchestral context, even during an audition; it shows understanding of the piece and makes it clearer of how one would actually perform on the job.  Of course,…"
Apr 14, 2013
Sam Livingston replied to Sam Livingston's discussion Clarinet Studio Class in the group Orchestra
"Hi all, Richard Li (a clarinetist himself) asked a great question after he watched this video, and I thought everyone might benefit from hearing it.  Richard asked me: "In an audition, should you observe the dynamics as written (soft…"
Apr 14, 2013
Richard Li left a comment for Sam Livingston
"Thanks Sam! I checked it out, and I had a question: in an audition, should you observe the dynamics as written (soft during a solo) or as you would play in an orchestra (definitely at least a little louder)?"
Apr 13, 2013

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I am a:
Performing Artist, Administrator, Carnegie Hall staff member
My school is:
Carnegie Hall
My style(s) of music:
Classical
I am interested in:
Multimedia Projects, Music Theory, Performing
My musical instrument(s):
Percussion

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At 11:27am on April 25, 2013, Samuel Brandão Marques said…

The videos are great, very helpful! Thanks for letting me know of them!

At 5:08pm on April 13, 2013, Richard Li said…

Thanks Sam! I checked it out, and I had a question: in an audition, should you observe the dynamics as written (soft during a solo) or as you would play in an orchestra (definitely at least a little louder)?

At 3:39pm on April 13, 2013, Clarinetist4ever said…

Ok, thanks. I'll to see it.

At 2:18pm on April 13, 2013, Nicole Laura McCourt said…
Okay thanks! I will!(:
At 1:54pm on April 13, 2013, lena Renee siemers said…
okay thanks sam
At 4:19pm on December 31, 2012, Grace Law said…

Thank you,

It's great to be here Sam, Happy New Year to you as well!

Grace

At 7:02pm on December 1, 2012, Liv Brook said…

yes, I am principal 2nd violin for the RI junior Phil, and I do all-state!

At 11:17pm on November 27, 2012, lauren E. Dunlap said…

I've been in it for about 2 years now (the same amount I've played the oboe) and we actually have our christmas concert coming up soon

At 5:56pm on November 23, 2012, Emily Glazier said…

Hi! This is my 3rd year in the SWFL Symphony Youth Orchestra program. They have a new orchestra this year that I am in. Altogether there are 3 ensembles in their program. Our next concert is on Dec. 9!

At 6:23pm on November 17, 2012, Kristina Otfinoski said…

Hi Sam! I have a lot of percussionist friends, they are quite wonderful people. I enjoy being able to share at least one instrument with them. 

Thank you for letting me know! I was just going to look to see what might be going on at Carnegie. I will surely look around. :)

 
 
 

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