Samuel Boeger

bass trombone

Photo by Matt Dine


Finalist, 2017 George Roberts Solo Competition, International Trombone Association 2017; Winner, 2020 American Trombone Workshop, Division 2 Bass Trombone Solo Competition; Runner-Up, 2020 American Trombone Workshop, Trombone Quartet Competition; Finalist, 2021 American Trombone Workshop, Division 3 Bass Trombone Solo Competition

What is your earliest memory of classical music?

Attending the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra children’s concert series when I was in middle school as part of a school trip.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue music as a career?

It wasn’t really til high school that I wanted to pursue music as career. I was performing in so many different ensembles outside of high school and meeting so many talented people along the way, it was a lifestyle that I truly enjoyed. I originally thought I wanted to be a pharmacist for the longest time.

How did you hear about TŌN? What inspired you to apply?

I heard about TŌN from a faculty recommendation while I was studying for my master’s. I’ve also gotten to know people with whom I went to school who either participated or are currently playing with the orchestra who say it’s a great experience.

What do you think orchestra concerts should look like in the 21st Century?

I think orchestra concerts for this day and age need to have components that allow for audience interaction, or pieces that speak to something that is well-known or understood by our community.

Which composer or genre of music do you feel you connect with the most?

Sibelius. Whenever I think about his music I always imagine the great outdoors and being at peace with nature.

What is your favorite piece of music, and why do you love it?

Sibelius’s Second Symphony. I enjoy the narrative the piece provides almost as though Sibelius tells you about the world around the campfire in the great outdoors.

Favorite non-classical musician or band


If you could play another instrument, what would it be?

Either string bass, cello, or bassoon

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

I’d maybe end up in the pharmacy world, but now looking at it I’m not too sure what I would be doing that’s not music related.

Piece of advice for a young classical musician

Be patient. You are young for a reason, enjoy that time of youth.