Samantha Stinson enjoys a spiritually fulfilling career as the Director of Education, Ritual & Music at Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, CT. She is a proud Cantorial Intern for the Cantor's Assembly.
Prior to her current position, she maintained a diverse career as an operatic soprano, musical theater actor, and academic. She has performed with Cincinnati Opera Education, Opera for the Young, Queen City Chamber Opera, the Carnegie Theatre of KY, Chicago Verismo Opera, Chicago Gilbert & Sullivan, Middlebury German for Singers, Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar, and the Bay View Music Festival, among others. Her favorite roles performed include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Musetta in La bohème, Lily in The Secret Garden, Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Her soloist work features Handel’s Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Bach's Weinachts Oratorium, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasie and Symphony No. 9. She has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Northern New York (ONNY), the Rockford Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Knox Music Series (Cincinnati), the Vocal Arts Ensemble (Cincinnati), the Chicago College of Performing Arts Orchestra, and the Beacon Street Chamber Players (Chicago).
Her skill as a contemporary performer has been showcased as a Vocal Fellow in Stephanie Blythe's Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar (where she worked with Ricky Ian Gordon), as the soprano soloist in Tommasini's Three Spanish Songs with the CCM Chamber Wind Ensemble, as Sylvia in Douglas Pew’s A Game of Hearts, performed with NANOworks Opera, in the world Premier of Kyong-Me Choi’s Guggenheim Foundation multi-media theatrical presentation of her new compositional work, The Eternal Tao, in Cincinnati’s Constella Festival, where she sang on the Organically Charged: Nico Muhly concert, and as the soprano soloist for the Brooklyn Arts Collective Dirty Churches workshop of the new opera Eater of Hearts.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice Performance from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music.
Samantha has previously taught on faculty at Edge Hill University in Liverpool, UK, at St. Lawrence University, Northern Kentucky University, and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.
"Stinson (Stein) was hilarious as the aging prima donna...She produced a bell-like tone that soared...and her coloratura was agile and clean...During the trio finale, (she) peeked through the curtain and burst from the stage door with a couple of arresting high Fs" ~musicincincinnati.com
"A remarkable voice."
“Samantha...served up Yum-Yum in a yummy style. The house was quiet, perfectly attentive to her every note.”
- Hyde Park (IL) Herald
"a rounded, commanding top..."
-Broadway in Chicago
As Susanna in Bay View Music Festival’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro,
Samantha is “a delicate blend of mischievous scheming, loving sincerity and a magnificent voice.”
- Petosky (MI) News Review