Sam Wu ’17

IMG_5944 (1)Sam Wu ’17 is a composer and conductor from Shanghai, China. He has studied composition under Tan Dun, Chaya Czernowin, Libby Larsen, Robert Brownlow, and Paul Coleman; conducting under Federico Cortese and Andrew Clark.

Winner of the Oklahoma City University’s Project21 Prize for Composition, Shanghai Student Film Festival Prize, Interlochen Fine Arts Best Composer Award, Harvard Bach Society Orchestra Composition Competition, finalist in the 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and participant of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s Young Composers’ Initiative, his music has been performed in New York City, Boston, Ann Arbor, Detroit, New Haven, Rochester, Interlochen, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Melbourne. Sam has been commissioned by the 15th and 16th Shanghai Int’l Arts Festivals, Anda Union Mongolian Ensemble, Brattle Street Chamber Players, River Charles Ensemble, Harvard Wind Ensemble, Princeton Pianists’ Ensemble, Trio Fiori, Hyperion Shakespeare Company, and members of the Harvard Ballet Company.

Sam’s other collaborators include the Asia Society, Coil Festival NYC, Juventas Ensemble, Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, Interlochen World Youth Wind Symphony, flautist Annie Wu, violinist Zeyu Victor Li, bamboo flautist Junkang Wang, erhu virtuoso Tan Wei, visual artist Wa Liu, and orchestras and choirs of the Shanghai American School. 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 serves as the assistant conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, music director of the Mozart Society Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ spring ’15 production, Iolanthe, and Harvard Early Music Society’s fall ’15 production, Händel’s Alexander’s Feast. 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

MSO fall concert 2  Sean Rodan is a budding composer and conductor from Honolulu, Hawaii. As a composer he has participated in the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium in Eugene, Oregon and the European American Musical Alliance Composition program in Paris, France. His works have been performed by the Parker Quartet and the Callithumpian Consort. As a music director, he has led theater productions such as the Harvard Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of Ruddigore, and Harvard Early Music Society’s Alexander’s Feast, and he currently serves as assistant conductor of the Harvard Mozart Society Orchestra. Composition mentors include Chaya Czernowin, Richard Beaudoin, David Conte, and Josh Levine; conducting mentors include Federico Cortese and Andrew G. Clark. Sean is a senior living in Adams House, concentrating in music.