Bass-baritone Sam Kreidenweis’ stylistic versatility, rich sound, and engaging stage presence has gained him praise nationally and abroad. As a vocal chamber music artist Sam appears nationally with GRAMMY® Award-winning Conspirare (Austin, TX), Kinnara Ensemble (Princeton, NJ), Santa Fe Desert Chorale (Santa Fe, NM), Skylark Vocal Ensemble (Greater New England), True Concord Voices & Orchestra (Tucson, AZ), Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati, OH), and has sung previously with the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale. Internationally, Sam works with the Dublin, Ireland based ensemble Anúna with whom he has toured throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, China, and Japan. While singing with the Phoenix Chorale he recorded the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil with Chandos Records alongside the Kansas City Chorale, which received two Grammy nominations in 2016 and won for Best Choral Performance. Other album credits include Revelations (2015) and Takahime (2017) with Anúna, three recordings with Skylark Vocal Ensemble – Forgotten Dreams (2013), Crossing Over (2016), and Seven Last Words (due to be released fall 2017) - and Considering Matthew Shepard by Craig Hella Johnson with Conspirare (2016). He has worked closely with conductors, directors and composers such as Andre Thomas, Charles Bruffy, Craig Hella Johnson, David Charles Abell, Gil Rose, Jake Runestad, Joshua Habermann, Michael McGlynn, Neil Gittleman, Scott Allen Jarrett, and Tara Faircloth.
In 2008 Sam joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra as the soloist in a work by living composer Moira Levant based on the poem by Liam Mac Uistín that is inscribed in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin, Ireland. The following year, maestro Neil Gittleman invited Sam to return as a soloist for the world premiere of Songs of Rumi by Jeff Olmsted. Other solo collaborations have been with Phoenix Chorale, Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati, Boston University’s Marsh Chapel & Collegium, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Solis Camerata, Newburyport Choral Society, Trinity Church Copley Square, Brandeis University Choruses & Orchestra, Camelback Bible Church Chorus & Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and University of Dayton Chamber Choir in works such as Bach's B Minor Mass, Händel's Messiah, Fauré Requiem, Rutter Mass of the Children, Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, Mozart Requiem, Zelenka Dixit Dominus, and many Bach Cantatas.
No stranger to the operatic and musical theatre stages, Sam has worked with the Dayton Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Arizona Opera Company, and the Lyric Opera Theatre at Arizona State University. His roles have included Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief), Ben (The Telephone), Cinderella’s Prince and the Wolf (Into the Woods), and Harry Witherspoon (Lucky Stiff). While with the Arizona Opera Chorus he also worked as a Teaching Artist with their education outreach program, Operatunity. Sam currently continues his work with education by giving master classes for both youth and adults with Anúna.
Recent performances have included the BBC Proms, Gothenburg Cathedral (Sweden - with violinist Linda Lampenius), and a Christmas Tour of Holland with Anúna; tours with Santa Fe Desert Chorale to Texas, Oklahoma, and ACDA conferences in both LA and Chicago; and performing at the St. John's Smith Square Holy Week Festival in 2018 with Skylark Ensemble. To finish the 2017/18 season, Sam will spend the summer singing as a soloist in the opera cabaret From the Danube to the Adriatic in Regensburg, Bavaria before returning to Santa Fe to sing with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale 2018 Summer Season.
The 2018/19 season comes with the exciting announcement that Sam will join the Minneapolis-based, eight voice all-male ensemble, Cantus. The coming season will feature five concert series in the Twin Cities area, tours to multiple cities around the United States, and an exciting collaboration with Boston-based, all-female ensemble, Lorelei Ensemble.
Sam received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Dayton and his Master of Music in Opera Theatre Performance at Arizona State University. He currently studies with Kevin Wilson at the Boston Conservatory.