EDUCATION OUTREACH COORDINATOR
MEMBER SINCE: 2013
HOMETOWN: Webb City, MO
EDUCATION: B.M., Music Education, University of Missouri – Kansas City
Described as having a “deep, expressive voice” and “setting a high theatrical bar,” by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Samuel Green 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, among others. In addition to chorister experience, Samuel has taken the stage performing jazz, barbershop, southern gospel and country music as a soloist and ensemble musician.
Samuel also uses his talents as a voice over artist. His recent projects include online tutorials and videos, spoken word for new compositions, and other freelance work.
While on vocal rest (when he’s not using his voice), you can find Samuel reveling in the bustling metropolis that is the Twin Cities, quietly engaging with nature and poetry on a hike, drinking Minnesota beers, or enthusiastically watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball at home.
GET TO KNOW SAMUEL
1. When did you know you wanted to sing professionally?
I started singing as a senior in high school with a southern gospel quartet made up of friends from 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 tenors, baritones and basses. 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 as a member of Cantus?
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. 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. Minnesota United FC is my team. COME ON YOU LOONS!
5. 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.
6. If you had access to a time machine, when and where would you go?
Time travel is dangerous. I would stay in the present.
7. What is the most played album in your iTunes library?
Time by Louis Cole. 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.
10. Share with us one of your greatest days ever.
For me, any day that I can spend time with people I care about, eat good food, and give a hearty belly-laugh is a great day.