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Sam Carullo is an emerging percussion performer and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland. He has performed in various solo, chamber, and orchestral settings, including a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto with the Belmont University Symphony Orchestra.


As a contemporary percussionist and advocate of the creation and performance of new music, Sam is actively commissioning and working with composers to create new works for percussion; most recently commissioning a new work for solo percussion by composer Lila Meretzky. Sam is also a founding member of the Baltimore Pierrot Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music from Baltimore area composers. Sam has been recognized multiple times as a recital competition winner, concerto competition winner, as well as the grand prize winner of the Great Plains International Marimba Competition - Duo Division in 2019.

As an educator, Sam has worked with students of all levels, ranging from beginners to collegiate level musicians. He currently teaches at the Bel Air Music School. Sam also pulls from his experience as a member of the Cavalier Drum and Bugle Corps and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps in his work as a marching band instructor and clinician.


Sam is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he studies under marimba virtuoso and percussion pedagogue Robert van Sice. He holds his Bachelor’s degree from Belmont University, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Norton, and his Master’s degree from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, studying under Robert van Sice.

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