Matthew Arling Samson is a composer and musician active in the DC metropolitan area. He has enjoyed performances of his music across the United States and Canada, in venues such as The National Cathedral, The Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, and the White House, and under the direction of conductors such as Joe Miller and Grammy Award winner Charles Bruffy. Recent compositional highlights include multiple collaborations with the DC-based new music ensemble StageFree and a commission and video production with Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey in collaboration with violinist Nigel Armstrong and cellist Julian Schwarz. In addition to composing, Matthew is an active music engraver and performer. His engraving and editorial work has supported numerous productions and performances, including the Broadway musical Amazing Grace and several services and performances at St. Paul’s Parish, K Street in Washington DC. He also sings as a countertenor in both the parish choir and evensong choir at St. Paul’s. Matthew holds degrees in composition from Westminster Choir College, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Maryland (B.M., M.M., and D.M.A., respectively), as well as an M.M. in orchestral conducting from University of South Carolina. In addition to music, Matthew avidly enjoys film, Bronze-Age mythology, video game production, finding money in his pockets, and sleeping for very long periods of time.