A San Francisco native, Sam Fujii is a musician and educator based out of New York City whose fascination for how the voice works has led to a versatile career of performing, teaching, and singing. A trained voice actor and classically trained baritone who sings with “beautiful clarity” (New York Classical Review), Sam is a member of professional choral ensemble The Salvatones and also Harold Rosenbaum’s Canticum Novum Singers. He serves as Music Director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic in Jersey City, NJ, and also maintains a private voice studio.
With over ten years of teaching experience, he has developed a broad range of creative lessons for both individual and group instruction to guide students in learning about vocal efficiency, anatomy, and voice care. Building on a basis of healthy and flexible vocal technique, Sam’s vocal students are able to sing expressively and freely in a range of styles from classical to musical theatre to pop.
As a collaborative pianist, Sam has accompanied choirs of all levels throughout the Upper Midwest/Northeastern United States and Canada. Having been the accompanist for the St. John’s Boys Choir of Minnesota for four years, he has a deep knowledge of sacred, secular, and international choral music, which he brings with him into the classroom.
In 2018, Sam will return for his sixth consecutive year as Music Director of Lamp Camp, a youth drama camp produced by the Lamplighters Community Theatre in Minnesota. This summer camp is designed specifically for students ages 7-18, and provides instruction in improv theater, singing, and dance.
Opera roles include Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Masetto (Don Giovanni), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), and Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia). He has also appeared with Apollo Opera, NY Lyric Opera Theater, the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Manhattan Opera Studio, Opera Oggi NY, and New Jersey-based Opera GoLightly.
Sam holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He currently resides in New York City and studies with Bill Lewis.