David Samour was director of the Junior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble at NEC's Preparatory School from 1985 through his retirement in 2016. Samour enjoys a career as a conductor, performer, and music educator. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in clarinet performance and music education from New England Conservatory, where he studied with William Wrzesien, and a Master’s Degree from Boston University. Other clarinet teachers include Himie Voxman and Jacques Lancelot. He is also the recipient of an artist’s certificate from the Academie International d’Ete in France.
A former student of the late Boston Symphony principal clarinetist Harold Wright, Samour is currently in his 30th season as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is very active as a freelance clarinetist in Boston. He has conducted numerous state district festivals. He is also a Band Director in the Lexington Public Schools.
As Music Director of Jr. MYWE from 1985 through 2016, Samour conducted the MYWE ensembles in performances in France, Italy, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Holland, the former Soviet Union, China, and Japan. David Samour directed Jr. MYWE in their Symphony Hall debut in 1987, and in the spring of 1994 led the ensemble on its first overseas tour to Ireland.
B.M. in Music Education and Clarinet, NEC; M.M., Boston University; Certificat (Academie Internationale D’Eté, Nice, France); clarinet studies with Harold Wright, William Wrzesien, Himie Voxman, Jacques Lancelot; member, Boston Philharmonic; silver medalist, International Music Festival, Montreal; instrumental music specialist, Lexington Public Schools; conductor, numerous state music festivals; performances with the MYWE’s in Russia, China, Japan, across Europe, and Canada.