Samara Rice is a contemporary classical music composer and educator based in Southern California. Textural elements, unusual instrumentation, extended performance techniques, and imagery inspiration combine themselves to form her compositional sound.

Samara’s first attempts at composing music began when she was just seven years old. These pieces were written with crayons, on scratch paper, in her own unique notation system. Although Samara’s knowledge of music theory and notation has vastly increased, her childlike fascination with music and composition remains.

Samara is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. She graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in music composition, and was selected to participate in the prestigious honors program, which culminated in a solo honors recital. She was awarded The Steward Prize for an outstanding creative work.

Samara studied music composition at UCSD with Dr. Lei LiangDr. Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, and Dr. Philippe Manoury. She studied music composition, music theory, piano performance and pedagogy at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA under the tutelage of Dr. Norman WestonPamela Worcester and the late Dr. Rebecca Rollins.

At UCSD, Samara also had the opportunity to broaden her musical knowledge with courses complementary to composition. She studied recording, mixing, and mastering techniques in a state-of-the-art studio with Tom Erbe (SoundHack), completed a yearlong series of courses in jazz theory and improvisation with Kamau Kenyatta, took private violin lessons with Batya MacAdam-Somer, and even spent a quarter studying conducting with Dr. Chinary Ung.

Samara has sung and performed in numerous choirs throughout Southern California, including The Southern California Children’s Choir, Saddleback College’s Women’s Camerata and Modern Masterworks Choral, UCSD’s Concert Choir and Gospel Choir, and The La Jolla Symphony Chorus.

Samara currently runs a private music studio where she teaches piano, violin, voice, and composition lessons. In addition, she is a certified Music Together instructor for music and movement courses so she can introduce infants and toddlers to the joys of music.

Samara has participated in various music festivals including UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival organized and hosted by Scott Paulson, UCSD’s undergraduate arts festival ADDO, and The Grand Teton Music Festival.

She enjoys sharing her love of music through composing, teaching, and performing.

Swamp Donkey the Moosical is a co-creation with Los Angeles based musician Alex Segal. Samara is the voice of the lead character and is writing the musical score.

Samara is a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA)The Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC), The California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and California State University, Long Beach Composers’ Guild.



blake the t-rex goes for a sunday stroll in his cashmere sweater (2015)
 clarinet, trombone, cello, and (optional prepared) piano TBD, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
CSULB Composers’ Guild Three Minute Wonders
Gnarwhallaby – Brian WalshRichard Valitutto, Derek Stein, Matt Barbier 
High Speed Minimalism (2015)
 flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, and bass clarinet

11/19/2015, Nugget Pub and Grill
Justin Scheid-flute, Zaq KenefickJake Abernathie, Alexander Lee

Nightmare Lullaby No. 1  (2015)
scordatura cello  

11/14/2015, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
Hannah Addario-Berry -cello  

a solitary mind amid the pandemonium (2015)
cello solo 

1/14/2015, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
Lily Marie -cello  

10/19/2015, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
CSULB Composers’ Guild Recital 
Roxanne Kieme-cello 


The Last Light (2015)

 cello and fixed electronics for dance   10/15/2015, 10/16/2015, 10/17/2015, Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater, CSULB
Variance 2015: CSULB BFA (dance) Concert
Yasmine Lindskog- choreographer, Zaq Kenefick-composer  

Delphiniums and Tulips (2015)
4′ 30″ 

 bass clarinet and marimba

09/28/2015, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
CSULB Composition Studio Recital 
Garett Dahl-bass clarinet, Kevin Capacia-marimba 


East of Eden (Comp 1 Final) (2015)

 fixed electronics for dance  05/13/2015, Dance Rehearsal Room, CSULB
CSULB Dance Composition 1 (Final)
Christina Del Carmen- choreographer

Prelude to the void (2015)

 brass choir 04/07/2015, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
Southern California Brass Consortium  

Birds, Wind, and Fire (2015)

 native american flute and tape

03/11/2015, Bob Cole Conservatory in Room C402
Dr. John Barcellona 

There’s air, then sound (2014)

SATB saxophone quartet  11/05/2014, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
Jojo Nakano, Zaq Kenefick, Tim Cummins, Jake Abernathie

But be careful how you speak (2014)

mezzo-soprano, harp, and two percussionist 

10/27/2014, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
The VEDA quartet: Jenica Anderson, Sharon Kim, Jillian Risigari-Gai, Anna Wray


Waltz (2014)

toy piano

09/05/2014, Seuss Room of Geisel Library, UCSD
14th Annual Toy Piano Festival
Samara Rice 

Toy Piano Festival

UCSD’s Toy Piano Festival: An Unusual Tribute to Tiny Music

Thunderstorm (2013)

string quartet

06/01/2013, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
James Hsiao, Erin Fraboni, Jasmine Yu, Melissa Chu

Fantasy: Dreams of Toyland (2013)

toy piano and tape  06/01/2013, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
Bihn-an Nguyen

09/05/13, Seuss Room of Geisel Library, UCSD
13th Annual Toy Piano Festival
Samara Rice


10/09/14, Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, CSULB
Convoke 18: The Wreckoning 
Samara Rice

Glissandos on a Flower Stem (2013)


06/01/2013, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
Batya MacAdam-Somer

Piano Party Two (2011)

bowed piano ensemble and toy piano

06/2011, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
Frank S. Li, Jennifer Wu, Isaac Lu, Jacob Sunstrom, Bihn-an Nguyen

Mad Girl (2010)

soprano and double bass 

12/2010, Conrad Prebys Recital Hall, UCSD
Jennifer Wu, Tyler Eaton 

Detuned (2010)

string quartet

 05/08/2010, Saddleback College McKinney Theatre
Mathew Ward, Suzanne Kite, Jocelyn Raulston, Rochelle Nieblas

Quark (2009)

available instrumentation 

05/9/2009, Saddleback College McKinney Theatre
Melissa Murphy-piano, Suzanne Kite-violin, Joshua Huppert-marimba, Cory-electric bass

05/05/2012, Conrad Prebys Recital Hall, UCSD
Phillip Wulfridge-violin, Euki Sawada-viola, Denaly Chen-cello, Melissa Stanley-French horn, Mariya Kaganskaya-mezzo-soprano, Isaac Lu-piano 

Piano Party (2008)

bowed piano ensemble  

05/09/2008, Saddleback College Room 101
Melissa Ashbrook, Adam Guerrero, Samara Rice, Rebekah Carbajal, Brian Hansen

05/15/2008, Saddleback College Room 101
Melissa Ashbrook, Adam Guerrero, Samara Rice, Rebekah Carbajal, Brian Hansen

06/01/2013, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UCSD
Euki Sawada, Alex Segal, Tiffany Luca, Bihn-an Nguyen, Kevin Woo 




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