Samuel Green, bass

Education Outreach Coordinatorgreen_bio
Member since 2013
Hometown: Webb City, MO
Education:
BM, Music Education, University of Missouri – Kansas City

Samuel Green, bass, is a versatile singer and voice over artist.

Prior to joining Cantus, Samuel was a sought after musician in the thriving Kansas City arts scene, lending his voice to several ensembles including the GRAMMY® Award Winning Kansas City Chorale under the direction of Charles Bruffy, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, and Kantorei of Kansas City. In addition to chorister experience, Samuel has taken the stage performing jazz, barbershop, southern gospel and country music as a soloist and ensemble musician.

When he is not singing, Samuel is a voice over artist. His recent projects include online tutorials, spoken word for new compositions, and other freelance work.

Samuel lives in Saint Paul with his wife Hannah, who is a freelance flute player and teacher. They enjoy drinking Minnesota beers, cooking, and playing with their cat together.

10 Questions for Sam:

1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?

I started singing as a senior in high school with a southern gospel quartet I helped found with friends in choir. For 5 years, we had few free weekends, performing frequently at local churches and social events. The fun I had while performing, the bond that was formed with my fellow singers, and the connection I made with audiences instilled in me the desire to sing for a living. Cantus has provided me with the most fun job I’ve ever had.

2. If you could commission any composer for Cantus (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would love to hear what Caroline Shaw would write for 8 male voices. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning composition for Roomful of Teeth, Partita for 8 Voices, makes me want to high five everyone in the room when I listen to it.           

3. What country would you most like to visit with Cantus and why?

The countries of Scandinavia are beautiful. I would love to visit Sweden and Finland again, and definitely Norway! I would totally buy a souvenir sweater.

4. If you stumbled across a time machine, which decade would you visit and why?

Time travel is dangerous. I would stay in the present.

5. What is your favorite hobby outside of singing?

I’m a lifetime St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. I follow the team closely year-round. I’ve also invested more interest in soccer over the past few years. Sporting KC and Minnesota United FC are my teams!

6. If you could hang out with any celebrity (alive or deceased) who would it be and why?

I would love to spend a day with Thurl Ravenscroft. He was the voice behind Tony the Tiger, the soloist in “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” and countless other Hollywood credits. I think we would just have coffee and make low sounds at each other. Maybe sight read some hymns.

7. What is the most played album in your iTunes library?

Thrill of the Arts by Vulfpeck. Check it out.

8. You’re stranded on an island – which three books or movies do you bring for entertainment?

Since I read slower than I watch movies, I’d bring the complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set, and all of the Harry Potter books. There. Three. I’m good at math.

9. What do you want people to know about Cantus?

Cantus is unlike any other vocal group you will see or hear. Every program we stage and each piece of music we perform has eight artists’ fingerprints on it. The artistic product of Cantus is collaborative in every sense. That is what makes Cantus unique.

10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever.

On a bright and cold day in January of 2016, I married my wife Hannah! I can’t remember a day I’ve smiled more. Plus the dinner music was fantastic!