Jamie Leigh Sampson is a composer, bassoonist, author, teacher, and entrepreneur based in Western New York. She currently teaches music composition, theory, and entrepreneurship in the School of Music at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She is the Co-Owner of the publishing entity ADJ•ective New Music.
Sampson has written works across multiple genres of music, including opera, art song, instrumental and vocal chamber works, large-ensemble compositions, and electroacoustic music. She has had the privilege of writing new compositions for Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, Kayleigh Butcher, Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, the Quanta Quartet, the Toledo Symphony Youth Orchestras, and the Sotto Voce Vocal Ensemble. Additionally, her music has been performed by the Ritual Action woodwind trio, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, and the ADVerb trio. Her compositions have been described as “impressionistic, enabling the listener to focus on the beauty, timbre, and nuance of the singing” and “transcendentally moving” by the Brooklyn Rail.
Sampson’s primary area of research is contemporary techniques for the bassoon. Her first published resource, Contemporary Techniques for Bassoon: Multiphonics, documents thoroughly tested multiphonic fingerings for bassoon from the preexisting body of literature, identifying and eliminating those found to be unreliable, and presents 271 stable fingerings in a concise and cogent format for bassoonists and composers. The book has been described as, “a jewel and necessity for all bassoonists,” by Thomas Dempster in Volume 37, No. 2 of The Double Reed (the International Double Reed Society journal). She has presented on the her research at Northwestern University’s New Music Conference (2014), the NewBassoon Workshop at Eastman (2016), the International Double Reed Society Conference (2016), the soundSCAPE Festival (2017), and various universities throughout the United States.
Regularly appearing on the Lexical Tones podcast, hosted by Robert McClure, Sampson has also appeared on Anthony Joseph Lanman's 1track podcast and Dennis Tobenski’s Music Publishing Podcast. She has also been a featured creator on I Care if You Listen and Toledo.com’s Creative Native column.
Sampson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from the State University of New York at Fredonia and two Master’s Degrees—in Bassoon Performance and Composition—from Bowling Green State University. Her primary composition instructors include Donald Bohlen, Burton Beerman, Andrea Reinkemeyer, and Marilyn Shrude.