Dr. Sam Savage is a tenor whose varied performance experience includes opera, oratorio, musical theater and recitals. He has over twenty roles in his repertoire and has appeared with the, New York City Opera's national tour, the Operafestival di Roma, the Virginia Opera, the Sarasota Opera, the Maryland Opera Studio, and the Western Plains Opera and The Metropolitan Opera Chorus. As a young artist, Savage performed with the Pittsburgh Opera Center and Glimmerglass Opera. Savage made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 performing the tenor solos in works by Leonard Bernstein and Adolphus Hailstork.Dr. Savage awards include the Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition, the A. Eli and Esther Nisenfeld Award for Outstanding Tenor, and a finalist in the Richard Tauber International Competition for Tenors.
Dr. Savage, a Pi Kappa Lambda Scholar, received his DMA degree from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2002. Dr. Savage's previous teachers include the late Maestro Franco Corelli, Vladimir Chernov, David Jones, Linda Mabbs and Dr. Kenneth Bowles.
Currently, Dr. Savage, Coordinator of Studio Voice at Indiana University- Purdue University Fort Wayne, teaches private voice, vocal pedagogy, vocal literature and directs the opera ensemble. His previous teaching appointments include The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Virginia, the Operafestival di Roma, Longwood University and the University of Richmond.
Students who have studied with Dr. Savage have appeared on and off-broadway, in film and television, leading regional opera houses, national and international summer festivals, and major apprentice programs. They have been winners of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and regional finalists as well as winners and the recipients of the highest awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Competitions and regional finalists. Some of these same students have been the highest recruits at prestigious graduate programs such Eastman School of Music, The University of Michigan, The University of Maryland at College Park, Baylor University and Texas Christian University.