Sam Christopher

I am a junior at La Salle High School in Pasadena, and music has been a very important part of my life as long as I can remember. My musical development began at age six when I started taking private piano lessons with Ara Gevorkian, and currently I am studying with James Kung. Three years later, I began playing the double bass and studied with local jazz musician Ruben Ramos. In middle school, I soon started to participate in ensembles outside of school, including the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Colburn Bass Ensemble with David Young. With my high school, I have participated in the Advanced Band, String Ensemble, and Jazz Band. Outside of high school, I continued playing in the Colburn Bass Ensemble and began studying bass with Brian Johnson of the LA Philharmonic. In addition to playing with the Colburn Youth Orchestra, I also currently teach bass to middle school students.

As a longtime listener of film soundtracks (Hans Zimmer is a favorite), my interest in composition began early on, writing short pieces to play with my siblings. Since then, I’ve come a long way – studying with Jordan Nelson and composing pieces for the bass ensemble, solo piano, and my high school concert band. As a junior, I am currently investigating colleges around the country to study composition.