Sam Nelson, Staff Accompanist
Sam Nelson was born in Lynn, Massachusetts and held his first church organist position at the age of 12. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from Gordon College in 2011 under the tutelage of Dr. Roy Brunner and Mr. Douglas Marshall. While at Gordon, Sam played “Samuel” in the Gordon Music Department’s 2011 production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Sam graduated from Boston University in May of 2018 with a Master of Music degree in organ performance where he studied organ, continuo, and the lost art of organ transcription with Peter Sykes. Sam is known for his lively interpretations of the French Romantic genre as well as the works of J.S. Bach, with his critics saying, “That’s not how Bach would’ve played it!”
Sam has held the position of Music Director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynnfield since 2013 where he directs the choir and coordinates the St. Paul’s Concert Series. In addition to his work at the organ, Sam has been a freelance accompanist in the Boston area for over ten years and has been an accompanist with Rising Stars since 2015.
When he isn’t playing organ, Sam has served as Tour Manager and Organ Technician for Cameron Carpenter and the International Touring Organ and console technician for Marshall & Ogletree, LLC. He has also been the keyboard player for the local wedding band, Somerset, since 2009.