Sam Krahn is a composer, guitarist, performer, and teacher. His works have been performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fidelio Trio, Ensemble Uusinta, Ensemble Dal Niente, Duo Gelland, the Cascade Quartet, Strains New Music Ensemble, Tony Steve, Christina Baldwin, Lara Bolton, Benjamin Cold, Bill Solomon, Mike Truesdell, Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo, Lux String Quartet, Rappel-Steinmetz Percussion Duo, Contemporary Music Workshop, the Anaphora Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and many others. He has received numerous commissions to compose new works for Ed Harrison of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Maraca Concerto), Duo Gelland (Butoh Study #1, Resistance/Resonance), Bill Solomon (Cascade/Noise Generator), the Fidelio Trio (Trio), Harper College (Spring Dirge), Benjamin Cold (flux-mirror), Strains New Music Ensemble (migration figment), and the Anaphora Contemporary Ensemble (String Quartet No. 1). He participated in the 17th World Saxophone Congress and Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the MATA Festival in New York City, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, the 2015 Root Signals Electronic Music Festival, the 46th Ball State Festival of New Music and the 70th annual Cheltenham Music Festival in England. He most recently received a grant from New Music USA for a new 35-minute work for saxophone and electronics. In December of 2015, his first musical comedy, An Evening with Krampus was premiered in a 5-show run at the Phoenix Theater in Minneapolis. He is also a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective 113. He has participated in artist residencies in 2015 at the Millay Colony in New York and Brush Creek in Wyoming.
Sam received a Ph.D. in music composition at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, studying with James Dillon. He also holds a M.Mus. in music composition from Roosevelt University where he studied with Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi, and a B.Mus. in classical guitar performance from Boston University. Sam is a classically trained and experienced guitarist. He has played in numerous rock bands, classical ensembles, improvisational groups, and as a soloist. He is currently the director of the Montana Improvisers Orchestra.
Sam taught several courses as a faculty member at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, the University of Great Falls (University of Providence) in Great Falls, MT, and as a Graduate Instructor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He currently teaches music at Great Falls College – Montana State University. Sam is currently the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Contemporary Art.