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Mariah Sam


Mariah Sam (22), is currently a junior studying piano performance at Brigham Young University. At four years old, she began studying piano, and at the age of six she began violin. Mariah began competing in piano 

competitions at the age of six. Such competitions included UMTA concerto competition, Utah State University, Weber State University, UVU, and Uintah Basin piano competitions. She has won awards in these competitions every year she has competed, including 17 first-place awards. Her intense study of the piano has led to many performing opportunities. She has been able to participate in some of the highest musical honors in Utah. Mariah was selected out of over 100 top instrumentalists in the state to solo in concert with the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall, performing Shostakovich Concerto 2 Mov. 3 (Sep. 2011). She was also able to solo in a winners’ concert in Assembly Hall at Temple Square performing Beethoven Concerto 1 Mov.1 (March 2012). Mariah was her regional sterling scholar in Music her senior year of high school (2016). She was top audition into the piano performance program at Brigham Young University. Her freshman year, she won the junior division 

of the BYU concerto competition and was able to perform, in concert, Prokofiev Concerto 3 Mov. 3 with the BYU Symphony Orchestra (March 2018). Most recently, Mariah was selected as the winner of Utah’s MTNA piano competition (October 2020).

 Mariah is very grateful and feels fortunate to have studied with amazing concert pianists. Her mother taught her for five years before she began working with Jacqueline King. Her junior year of high school, she began taking lessons with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. She has also received master classes from Marina Lomazov, Vladimir Kulenovic, Kirill Gliadklvsky, Anderson and Roe, and Natalya Antonova and more. Mariah is currently studying with Dr. Scott Holden. 

Following the footsteps of her wonderful teachers, Mariah is inspired to teach students of her own. She taught her first music student at the age of nine and began seriously gaining a studio her sophomore year of highschool. She has taught students from the age of 3-40. She is currently working as an assistant teacher to Dr. Vivian Chang Freiheit, a graduate of Julliard. Teaching is a passion of hers and she loves spreading the love of music to others. 

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