Sam Wu ’17 is a composer and conductor from Shanghai, China. He has studied composition under Tan Dun, Libby Larsen, Chaya Czernowin, Richard Beaudoin, and David Conte; conducting under Federico Cortese and Andrew Clark.

Winner of Harvard University’s Hugh F. MacColl Composition Prize, Oklahoma City University’s Project21 Prize for Composition, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra Composition Competition, and finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Sam also participated in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers’ Initiative.mso16

Sam has been commissioned by the 15th and 16th Shanghai International Arts Festivals, National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Anda Union, Brattle Street Chamber Players,

River Charles Ensemble, Harvard Wind Ensemble, Princeton Pianists’ Ensemble, Hyperion Shakespeare Company, and the Harvard Ballet Company.
Sam’s music has been performed in the United States, France, Australia, Japan, and China. His other collaborators include the Asia Society, NYC Coil Festival, Callithumpian Consort, Juventas Ensemble, Shanghai Conservatory Youth Symphony, Radcliffe Choral Society, flautist Annie Wu, violinist Zeyu Victor Li, bamboo flautist Junkang Wang, erhu virtuoso Tan Wei, and visual artist Wa Liu. As arranger, Sam has written for the Italian Philharmonic, Melbourne, China National, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi’an Symphonies, as well as Xinjiang musician Alimjan.

In addition to composing, Sam served as the assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, music director of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Harvard Early Music Society, and guest conductor of the Harvard Bach Society Orchestra. Sam furthermore acts as musical assistant and arts administration intern under Tan Dun.
Sam also has been featured on the National Geographic Channel, Business Insider, Harvard Crimson, Harvard Arts Blog, People’s Daily, China Daily USA, SinoVision, four CCTV channels, ICS, Shanghai municipal TV Channels, among others.

Please check out Sam’s music on his website,, or find him on YouTube and SoundCloud


Sean Rodan ’17 is a budding composer and conductor from Honolulu, Hawaii. As a composer he has participatmso15ed in the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium in Eugene, Oregon and the European American Musical Alliance Composition program in Paris, France. This semester he conducted the Harvard Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of Ruddigore, and is co-music directing the Harvard Early Music Society’s Alexander’s Feast, which opens in December. He has studied composition with Chaya Czernowin, and is currently studying composition with Richard Beaudoin and conducting with Federico Cortese. He is a music concentrator living in Adams House.