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About Sam Kohler

Sam Kohler
Sam Kohler
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Ellicott City, MD
Speaks: English
Instructs: Piano, Viola, Violin
Education: MM Music Composition, Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (exp. 2022) BFA Music Composition, Tulane University (2019)
Performance Experience: Bassist: Skeptic Moon, Agua de Valencia, Surreal Estate, Jank Setup; Organist and Choirmaster at St. Paul Lutheran Church (2017-20); Principal Cellist and Soloist, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (2011 France Tour); Cellist, Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (2010-14); Third Chair Cellist, Louisiana All-State Orchestra (2011); Conductor, Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble (2013-14)
Teaching Experience: Baltimore School of Music (2021-present), Peabody Conservatory (Private Tutor, 2020-present), Make Music NOLA (2017-20), Stanford Jazz Workshop (TA, 2011-16), Private Studio (2012-present)
Teaching Philosophy: I try my best to show up for each student individually. Each of my students pursue their practice at their own pace, and I work to help each of them develop their own connections with their instruments. I emphasize the power of practice, that the students have the power to move themselves forward.

Get to know Sam Kohler

Sam Kohler is a composer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist living in Baltimore, MD. A lifelong musician from a family of dedicated musicians, his works Synchromy and Colorfields explore the deep connection between color and sound, while works like Color Train and Rainbow Cathedral paint dream-like narratives in technicolor. Last year saw the release of the EP Harmonic Fugue, featuring a lush and energetic work performed by the Polymnia Quartet and recorded at the world-famous Esplanade Studios.


A dedicated performer, Kohler has sought to develop deep relationships with his audiences and bandmates. Kohler was formerly the bassist for New Orleans-based neo-soul band Jank Setup, fusion band Skeptic Moon, and the Cumbia band Agua de Valencia, the latter of which could be seen every Sunday at the Apple Barrel on historic Frenchman Street in New Orleans before the 2020 Pandemic. From 2017-20 he served the congregation of St. Paul Lutheran in the Faubourg Marigny as their organist and choirmaster.


Kohler has studied composition with Barbara Jazwinski, Maxim Samarov, and Kevin George; and jazz improvisation with Jesse McBride and Jim Markway. He currently studies at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins in the composition studio of Felipe Lara.

Sam Kohler teaches at:
9210 Baltimore National Pike Suite W-7
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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