Midori Samson, bassoon
Midori Samson (she/her) is a bassoonist, educator, activist, and scholar. Currently, she is the Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the 2nd bassoonist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Other past engagements include performances in the Chicago, Austin, Charleston, and New World symphony orchestras, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), New York String Orchestra, Ubumuntu Arts Festival (Rwanda), Banff Centre (Canada), and Norfolk and Bowdoin International music festivals. As an educator, her recent collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma and Youth Music Culture Guangdong (China), Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, Artists Striving to End Poverty (India), Project Tumugtog (Philippines), and LunART Inc.
She is finishing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying bassoon and social welfare. Her dissertation suggests how musicians can operationalize social work principles to create a more anti-oppressive classical music landscape. She brings this philosophy to her role as the Artistic Director of Trade Winds Ensemble, a group of teaching artists that host composition workshops in partnership with social impact organizations in Nairobi, Chicago, and Detroit. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the University of Texas at Austin. http://MidoriSamson.com