Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music, Carthage College. Master of Music, Northwestern University
With Rhapsody since 2018
Sami Lampe has enjoyed being surrounded by music from a young age. Over the years, she has been involved in many musical opportunities, including performing local piano competitions and recitals, participating in orchestras and choirs, and researching in the field of musicology. She received an M.M. in Musicology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in Music with emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and Music History from Carthage College, where she studied under Dr. Deborah Masloski and Professor Jane Livingston. At Carthage, she performed in solo and collaborative piano recitals, was a cellist in the Carthage Philharmonic, and directed the Carthage College Handbell Choir.
Sami has also taught at the Carthage College Fine Arts Academy in Kenosha, and at Knapton Musik Knotes in Janesville. She continues to perform as a piano accompanist and cellist. She also presents musicological research at conferences, focusing on classical and 20th-century pop music. As an historian, she educates her students about the composer and time period of a piece, while encouraging them to find interesting stories about the music on their own.
As an instructor, Sami guides students of ages and levels along their own musical journeys. With her diverse background in music, she enjoys teaching all genres of piano music from classical to jazz and pop. She also encourages her students to explore new styles of music, and to find their special way of expressing themselves.