Areas of Expertise
- Graduate Performer's Certificate, University of South Carolina
- MM, Percussion Performance, University of South Carolina
- BM, Percussion Performance, Furman University
Sam Sherer, an active performer and educator based out of Columbus, Ohio, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Ohio State University. Sam received both a master’s degree and a Graduate Performance certificate at the University of South Carolina as well as a bachelor’s degree at Furman University.
Sam has experience in many facets of performance. During his studies at the University of South Carolina, Sam was a member of The Spark Collective, a new music ensemble of graduate students at the University of South Carolina. Additionally, he served as a graduate assistant in the music entrepreneurship program. While at Furman, Sam participated in many different research and collaborative opportunities in the area of percussion performance. A recipient of a student fellowship, he worked and performed on Volume 2 of the John Psathas Percussion Project, a multi-year endeavor to arrange and record the composer’s music for percussion ensemble. This project has culminated in a double-CD release through PARMA Records. Volume 2 is set to be released upon its completion. Additionally, Sam can be heard performing on the recording of Matthew Burtner’s Avian Telemetry, which is based on the study of bird songs. This disc was released in August 2020 through PARMA with help from Furman’s Shi Center for Sustainability.
Currently, Sam serves as the graduate teaching associate in the percussion studio at Ohio State, where he teaches Percussion Techniques for music education majors, applied lessons, and co-directs the Ohio State Percussion Ensemble. Previously, Sam has worked with many schools from all over the state of South Carolina at both the junior high and high school levels. Additionally, he served as the percussion intern for the Carolina Youth Symphony for which he oversaw all aspects of the percussion sections of the orchestras.