Samuel Martin | Founding Artistic Director


Pianist Samuel Martin is a dynamic artist in demand as a partner for recital, chamber, choral, orchestral, opera, and musical theater performances. A Presser Scholar, and the recipient of numerous other musical honors, his stylistic versatility has resulted in concert appearances both nationally and internationally. As an entrepreneur and administrator, he is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Song Initiative, a nonprofit concert series dedicated to the promotion and innovation of art song.

The beginning of the 2018-2019 season sees Martin's return to México for Cantos para Hermanar al Mundo with mezzo-soprano Paulina Villarreal and other distinguished artists. Other highlights include appearances with the Cincinnati Song Initiative and special recording projects. In the recent past, Martin has served on the musical coaching staffs of Opera in the Heights (Houston), Cincinnati Chamber Opera, the International Performing Arts Institute (Bavaria, Germany), the Opera Company of Middlebury (VT), and the CCM Summer Opera Studio (Cincinnati).

A strong proponent of new music, Martin has been directly involved in the premieres of works by numerous composers, including Sally Lamb McCune, Matthew Recio, R. Aaron Walters, Josh Oxford, and Christopher A. Sforza.  In the realm of theater, he has served as music director for the premieres of two new musicals: Beautiful Dreamer: The Stephen Foster Musical by David Newman, and The Teddy Bear Awards by Peter Schmidt.  Additionally, he had the distinct pleasure of serving as rehearsal and performance pianist for the world premiere of Dana Wilson's opera The Wolf By the Ears.

A native of New York, Martin holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music and Ithaca College.  He currently serves on the music staff of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he can be seen in numerous song recitals with graduate-level singers throughout the academic year.

Laura LeVoir | Artistic Administrator

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Soprano Laura LeVoir is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. LeVoir completed her undergraduate degree at the Juilliard School in New York City where she made her New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall, performed the role of Contessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, and toured the U.S. and Europe with Juilliard415. She graduated with her Master of Music degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where she was the soprano soloist in John Rutter’s Requiem and in operatic scenes as Ann Trulove (The Rake's Progress), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro). Ms. LeVoir is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. As an active concert performer, she is a regular soloist with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas. She has appeared as the soprano soloist in the North American premiere of Sixten's Johannespassionen, as well as the soprano soloist in Nelson's Aspen Jubilee with the CCM Wind Ensemble. Ms. LeVoir was also a soprano soloist this past spring with Collegium Cincinnati in their performance of J.S. Bach's Mass in B-Minor and the soprano soloist in the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra's performance of Vivaldi's Gloria.

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