Vocalist ♪ Composer ♪ Educator
Live at The 55 Bar (NYC)
Live at Myers Recording Studio (MSM)
Live at Dizzy's (Lincoln Center)
Born in Montréal, Québec, Émilie Samson is a New York based jazz vocalist, composer, and educator. She graduated with honours from McGill University, where she completed her Bachelor in Jazz Performance, being awarded the mention of "outstanding performance in jazz voice". In 2017, Émilie relocated to New York City after receiving a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry and Jo Lawry.
In Montreal, Émilie was active both on the jazz and classical scene, leading her own group in jazz clubs and singing in different classical and contemporary chorus. In New York, Émilie is an active performer and she has performed in several venues including The 55 Bar, Harlem Stage and Lincoln Center.
She is a versatile singer who touched many different styles, being jazz, Brazilian music, musical theatre, classical and popular music. She has studied composition with some in-demand composers such as John Hollenbeck, Christine Jensen, Phil Markowitz and David Liebman. Émilie composes and writes arrangements both for herself and other vocalists, and she is currently working on her upcoming EP on which she’ll release original arrangements and compositions.
Through her music, Émilie talks about the human experience through time. In her arrangements, she gives a new life to an old song, making songs that were written almost a hundred years ago relevant again. Her compositions are more introspective, showing a different side of her personality.
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Émilie holds a Master's degree in jazz voice from Manhattan School of Music, and she's been teaching voice and piano for over ten years. She is currently on the faculty at Larchmont Music Academy and she is leading her own studio in New York City.
She is passionate about pedagogy and knows how to teach every level and age. With her Kindermusik license, she has taught babies to retirees, working with complete beginners to undergraduate level students. She is bilingual and can teach in French, and she can also teach beginner ukulele and guitar, which is perfect for voice students who want to learn how to accompany themselves.
Photo Credit: Alexa Dumont
While Émilie is specialized in jazz voice, she also teaches many other styles including pop and musical theatre. On piano, she teaches intermediate classical, jazz and pop, with a focus on how to accompany yourself as a singer. Émilie will design her lesson plans according to her student's needs and goals. She successfully prepared several students who auditioned for undergraduate music programs and she also coaches students for auditions and contests. Other topics that she can teach are theory, composition, songwriting, arranging, programming and how to overcome performance anxiety.
Émilie both travels to her students and teaches at her apartment located in Washington Heights. She can also teach over Skype, if you are not located in New York city.
-Jazz Da Gama
"Miss Samson can sing – in two languages, it may be added – better than many of her generation. She leaps with uncommon sureness into the highest reaches of her soprano register and maintains tone and manner when in the depth of her tonal palette"
"A new personality on the jazz vocal spectrum, Samson's charisma is spellbinding."