Remembering Composer Samuel Pellman

It is with a heavy heart that we have to say goodbye to composer Samuel Pellman. Friday morning Pellman lost his life far too soon in a bicycling accident in his home state of New York.

Pellman received his undergraduate at Miami University in Ohio and then went to Cornell University where he earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Music.

Pellman was dedicated to his music, as well as his students at Hamilton College where he had taught since 1979. Both inside and outside of the classroom, Pullman went above and beyond the call of duty with his participation in the colleges mentoring programs, his time as dean, as chair to Mission and Goals Working Group of the Mid-states Reaccreditation Self-Study,  and as a member of the Steering Committee, just to name a few.

As an avid lover of space and astronomy, Pellman wrote and composed works of electroacoustic music that embedded the themes of the outer world for nearly four decades. While composing and teaching full-time, Pellman was also involved with The Planetary Society and the Mars Society. He was also involved with many music organizations such the Society of Composer, Inc. and National Association of Composers.

In September of 2015, Pellman released his debut album with Ravello Records titled SELECTED GALAXIES, which features his electronic works that “capture the magnificence of humanity has discovered and sparked the imagination of what wonders have yet to be revealed.”

The beloved composer’s music has been featured at festivals and conferences in Melbourne, Paris, Basel, Vienna, Montreal, New York City, Beijing, Capetown, Buenos Aires, Taiwan, Perth, and Prague. Pellman was also the author of the acclaimed Electroacoustic teaching tool, Introduction to the Creation of Electroacoustic Music, which was published in 1994 by Wadsworth, Inc.

We are greatly saddened by this news and send our condolences to his family, friends, and community during this difficult time.

We will miss you, Sam.


By Samantha Granville, Social Media Specialist

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