Director of Art & Sol
“You can’t make a song with just one note.”
My love for teaching began at a very early age when I used to play “school” with my younger brother; he was the student and I was always the teacher. I fell in love with music at age 8 when I started playing the viola and joined my elementary school orchestra. By the time that I graduated high school, I was studying the viola, violin piano and voice and I realized that teaching music was my passion. I have performed with numerous youth and professional orchestras and choirs and have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, various venues throughout Europe, and even performed on the street corner in Washington D.C.!
I earned my degree in Music Education with a concentration in viola and piano from Marywood University before I moved to Phoenix in 2005. I previously taught general music and choir in the Phoenix Elementary School District for nine years and I am currently choral director and general music teacher at Madison Meadows Middle School.
I’m so blessed to join the Art and Sol team as the newest vocal director. I love working with children everyday and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!
Summer Vocal Director
Art and Sol has become the frosting on the layer cake of my life.
I was born in Minnesota and raised in a house full of instruments – two pianos, two violins, an oboe and a clarinet, not to mention my dad’s many harmonicas and his musical saw! We sang table graces, duetted and quartetted, and generally made a joyful noise.
Piano and violin study continued through my years at Iowa’s Luther College and then at Arizona State University with courses including Piano Accompanying, Chamber Music and Opera, and Jazz and Caribbean styles.
Theater has always been a feature in my life – I tend to recall memories according to which show I was working on at the time. Past gigs have ranged from pit orchestra violinist/pianist to composer/arranger and thanks to Art and Sol’s “Broadway Bound” camp I can add – playwright!
It is my joy to get to do what I love for a living, now in my fifteenth year of teaching elementary music full time. Sharing lessons and activities I have created with other teachers is one of the latest layers on this ever-growing cake. If you would like to see and hear more, go to: www.keyofeflat.com
I am excited to be returning to this outstanding group in the fall as Vocal Director. I am both a singer and conductor, and I currently teach choir and general music in the Central Phoenix area.
I grew up in Orlando, Florida, where I started singing and performing at an early age. My performances took me all throughout the state Florida, to the Disney theme parks and resorts, and even to Carnegie Hall in New York City. I earned a degree in Music Education from Stetson University where I sang in and conducted numerous choirs and performed with the Stetson Opera Theatre program. My goal as a teacher is to share my love of performing with my students and to help them uncover their unique talents and abilities!
I have been in love with musical theatre for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Southern California, I had many opportunities to perform in programs like this, talent shows, and even a commercial. I knew that I wanted to make this a part of my life forever, and I am so excited to be on this amazing team! I was enrolled in Art and Sol when I was younger, then moved to volunteering backstage, and am now honored to be an Assistant Director for Central Phoenix! This program has brought me so much love and light in my life and I can’t wait to spread that magic to each and every one of these talented young actors.
I am currently a working on my degree at Arizona State University (Go Sun Devils!) in Communications. I am a sophomore and hope to graduate in the Spring of 2022. I can’t wait to begin this incredible journey with Art and Sol!
Monica Sampson is an award-winning Phoenix-based journalist, actress, and entertainer. Having just graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, in Broadcast Journalism and Theater with a Pre-Law minor; Monica understands the power storytelling has to educate, inspire, and inform and is delighted to join Art and Sol as their newest Assistant Director.
As an Actress, Sampson has acted for local theaters across Arizona and just arrived back in Arizona, after spending the summer acting at Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London, where worked on a production of Hamlet. Monica is trained in dialect; the international phonetic alphabet and can’t wait to work on fun accents with a young audience! Some of Monica’s favorite roles have been, Ado Annie, in, ‘Oklahoma’ and William Barfee in, ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’ where she performed and competed at Disney’s Fullerton College.
Sampson is no stranger to all different types of performances, serving as the former Assistant News Director for KASC Blaze Radio and a co-host of the radio show “Mojo In The Morning.” Monica’s work experience includes NPR, PBS and Cronkite News where she served as a reporter, broadcasting live on the 5pm evening newscast.
Monica is looking forward to sharing her knowledge, and love of theater with a new generation of performers. Outside of her professional life, Monica enjoys musicals, bunny rabbits, and singing along to Barbra Streisand.
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