From the concert hall to the church sanctuary, conductor, performer, and educator Sam Broomell thrives in a dynamic environment. Sam draws his early artistic inspiration from listening to music with his father in the car, where he would listen to the same CD’s of U2 and Keane on repeat for months at a time. Over time, he learned to refine his listening to pick up on a new element with each repetition. This experience formed one of Sam’s artistic ideals: An artist can never fully know a skill well enough that it cannot be improved.
Sam brings interactivity and a desire to execute deliberately to each ensemble under his baton. He first made his concert hall debut with the Franklin & Marshall College Wind Ensemble in 2017, where he served as an Assistant Conductor of both the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He currently holds the position of Director of Music at Faith Church in Quarryville, Pennsylvania, where he serves as pianist and organist, coordinates the audio visual technology, and leads the worship ensembles, overseeing more than forty volunteers.
A versatile musician, Sam is just as comfortable playing in a rock band as he is on the podium. He draws inspiration from his background in Gospel, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Christian Rock music, allowing him to flourish in many musical environments. Sam is freelance pianist and saxophonist, playing for weddings and special events in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area. He also maintains an active private lesson studio, teaching piano, guitar, woodwinds, and brass instruments.
Sam is trusted by others to deliver quality musical experiences that excite. From 2020-2021, he was the Elementary Music Teacher at Linville Hill Christian School, where he taught classroom music and directed several ensembles. He served in the public schools, both as a conductor of the jazz bands at Lampeter-Strasburg High School and band assistant at Solanco High School.
Sam has studied conducting with Harlan Parker and Brian Norcross. He has also worked with Jerry Junkin, Kevin Sedatole, Richard Floyd, Jeffrey Grogran, and James Smart at conducting workshops around the United States. He is currently completing a Master of Music in Wind Conducting at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Sam received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, with a concentration in Conducting and Saxophone Performance, and Business Administration from Franklin & Marshall College. Trained in music and business, he strives to value both the organizational and artistic needs of every ensemble.
In 2019, Sam was awarded the Nolt Music Award, a grant that funds musically enriching projects at Franklin & Marshall College. This grant enabled him to curate and conduct a concert of Brahms A German Requiem for choir and orchestra. He was the proud recipient of the Courtney Adams Music Scholarship at Franklin and Marshall College. Sam was honored to receive the Fanny Thalheimer Memorial Scholarship and the Louis Blaustein Memorial Scholarship through the Peabody Institute. He is also the privileged recipient of the Women's Welsh Clubs of America Scholarship.