In Memoriam: Roger Samuel

By billalpert | Studio News

Aug 29

The late conductor Roger Samuel leads the CYMO Intermezzo Orchestra in 2015 dress rehearsal with Alpert Studio student Jessica Chao as concertmaster.

We have just learned that well known Inland Empire conductor and music educator Roger Samuel has passed away after a long illness. He has influenced countless young musicians over decades, most famously as conductor of the CYMO and Intermezzo orchestras. Our condolences to his family and to the many students who have benefited from his kind leadership.

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Madeline Rios

He will never be gone from our hearts. I can honestly say that he was one of the most important positive influences in my daughter’s life, who is now a professional trombonist. I always remember him as having constant joy in his heart. Even when he would have to call the attention of the orchestra members, he would do so with a loving smile, among other things, never letting on that he was battling an illness. I still can’t resign myself to having lost him.

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Maureen Johnson

Thank you, Alpert Studio, for this tribute to Roger Samuel, who made music for thousands.
“Orpheus’ lute was strung with poets’ sinews,
Whose golden touch could soften steel and stones,
Make tigers tame and huge leviathans
Forsake unsounded deeps to dance on sands.”
(The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 3.2.79-82)

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