Samantha "Sammy" Angstman is a pianist and teacher based in Williston, Vermont. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers. Sammy is currently working on repertoire for her doctoral dissertation recital, which will feature works by Louise Talma, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Charles Ives as well as a collection of ragtime-era pieces by Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb.
Sammy is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Stony Brook University, where she earned her Master’s degree in 2015. Her principal teachers are Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl. During her time at Stony Brook, Sammy has been a recipient of the Staller Scholar Award and has served the music department in a variety of roles including teaching undergraduate-level applied piano, keyboard skills, and musicianship courses and acting as coordinator of the graduate music department’s annual Piano Project. As a chamber musician and collaborative pianist, Sammy has had coachings with many of the faculty at Stony Brook, including members of the Emerson String Quartet. Sammy also enjoys performing as a duo with cellist Alison Rowe.
Prior to her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Sammy earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Bruce Brubaker. Sammy is a native of Williston, VT, and started taking piano lessons when she was seven, eventually studying classical piano with Paul Orgel and jazz piano with Tom Cleary. She has fond memories of her musical upbringing in Vermont and is very happy to have recently moved back to the area. In addition to running a teaching studio and working on her dissertation recital repertoire, Sammy works at the United Church of Hinesburg as the organist/pianist for Sunday services.