Flutist Samantha Tartamella is equally at home in the concert hall, the black box theater, the classroom, or just about any other place the flute can be played. Recent performances include Migration, a multimedia experience at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center that examined the American dream through Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring and José Martinez’s 39 Inside, a new work commissioned for the project.
Samantha’s last solo recital championed works exclusively by women composers. As a member of Austin based new music collective Density 512, she has performed in venues like the Blanton Museum of Art and Big Medium. This year she performed as a member of the Rebel Babel Film Orchestra at the Austin Vetern Arts Festival.
Her more traditional performing experiences include attendance at the Brevard Summer Music Festival, the Eastern Summer Music Festival, and the Sewanee Summer Music festival. She has performed under the direction of conductors like Keith Lockhart, JoAnn Falletta, and Mei-Ann Chen. While attending the 2018 Texas Summer Flute Symposium, she won its inaugural Adult Solo Competition. In 2017, she performed the Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra as winner of their Young Artists Competition. As a member of the piano trio Pitnix she won both the undergraduate and graduate divisions of the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition in successive years.
While performing in the Austin area, Samantha maintains a bustling flute studio with students ranging from eight to seventy years old! Now one of two flute instructors in the Hays CISD, she began her teaching journey as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Wu Family Academy’s flute mentor.
Samantha earned her Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Marianne Gedgian. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Bowling Green State University where she studied with Dr. Conor Nelson.