Samuel Beebe is a composer, sound designer, and performer whose work explores the dramatic possibilities of music.
He is a resident at the 2019 Source Song Festival, where he’ll participate in workshops with composer Libby Larsen. He is also a resident at the 2019 Collaborative Composition Initiative, organized by Unheard-of Ensemble and New Music for Strings, and will present the new work The Glade (2019), for clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and electronics. In addition, Yarn/Wire has recently recorded his two piano, two percussion work Three Quartets (2019). His song cycles Rocking Chair Child (2017) and The Woods (2018) were finalists for the American Prize. In addition to these engagements, Beebe’s music has also been performed by Stony Brook Opera Workshop, Chelsea Symphony, Castle of Our Skins, Boston Choral Ensemble, Sound Icon, WordSong, Texas Flute Society, and Calliope's Call. He has collaborated extensively with directors, filmmakers, and theater companies, including Mallory Catlett (Current Location, 2018), Kelly Creedon (In This World, 2015), as well as the Boston-based movement theater company Imaginary Beasts. His work on the David Valdes Greenwood play Bully Dance (2014) earned him the 2014 ArtsImpulse award for best music/sound design.
He is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Composition at Stony Brook University, working with Matthew Barnson, Daria Semegen, and Sheila Silver. He holds a M.M. in Composition from Boston University and a B.S. in Music Technology from Northeastern University. He has participated in masterclasses with Gunther Schuller, David T. Little, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Matthew Aucoin.
He lives in Brooklyn.