Samantha Levreault is a flutist pursuing her Master's degree in Flute Performance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studies with Cobus du Toit. She expects to graduate in May 2022, and is in the process of planning her senior recital for Spring 2022. In addition, she is working towards a certificate in Music History Pedagogy.
Samantha Levreault graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Music, and Environmental Studies. After Mount Holyoke College, Samantha became the full-time Administrative Assistant at the Northampton Community Music Center, in Northampton, MA. In addition to administrative work at NCMC, Samantha also worked as the Ensemble Manager for the Victory Players from 2018 to 2020. The Victory Players are a new contemporary music ensemble supported by the Massachusetts International Festival for the Arts (MiFA). https://www.mifafestival.org/victory-players. After beginning school at UMass Amherst pursuing a Master's degree in flute performance, she resigned from the Victory Players' manager position. Now, she continues to help when she can with the Victory Players artist residencies, which she holds much passion for.
Samantha performs around New England in various orchestras, chamber groups, ensembles, festivals, summer music programs, special events, weddings, and solo recitals. While at UMass this year, she formed a trio with two colleagues, which she hopes to continue performing with as much as possible. More information about the trio to come this fall.
Through different project collaborations, Samantha works closely with pianist, friend, and colleague, Ben Tibbetts. https://bentibbetts.net/ Together, they will perform a world premiere of a Flute Sonata composed by Ben in the Spring 2022 at Samantha's masters recital.
While in quarantine, Samantha worked on a paper about Music History Pedagogy, which she transformed into a website about the topic. You can read more about her project here: https://www.musichistoryvideogame.com/ She continues to work on this project.
In 2017, Samantha was awarded first place in American Protégé's International Woodwinds and Brass Competition, and performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City, at Carnegie Hall, in 2018. She participated in the New England Conservatory's Metropolitan Flute Orchestra in July of 2018 and 2019.
Samantha also teaches flute around Western Massachusetts. She teaches all ages and enjoys working with beginner flutists who are just starting out their musical journey. Her most recent teaching experience of note, was to teach a week of chamber coaching sessions and flute students at Kinhaven Junior Music Camp in Vermont. Many of Samantha's private students are high school flutists competing in MMEA's Districts and All-state competitions. Her students have been accepted into the Junior, Senior, and All-state Festivals. Some of her students have gone on to be the first chairs of the local Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Youth Symphony, and the Boston Youth Philharmonic. Not all of Samantha's students are school age people, though. One of Samantha's favorite teaching positions was with the Pioneer Valley New Horizons Band, a beginner band for seniors.