Sam Jarvis

Boulder, Colorado

Carleton College, Northfield, MN (2019-2020)
University of Colorado Boulder (2020-present)
Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, expected 2024

Breckenridge Creative Arts Chair

Growing up, Sam’s active musical life included violin lessons, musical theater and playing in local orchestras and summer camps. A dedicated clarinetist in high school marching band, he became drum major senior year, and was twice selected for the Colorado All-State Symphonic Band. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp in 2019, where he was a principal violinist in World Youth Symphony Orchestra. While not music-making, he enjoys hiking, skiing and reading.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I did Speech & Debate in high school. One might think being a debater makes you seek out every argument in support of your positions, making you a rigid, inflexible thinker. On the contrary, debaters must prepare a case for both sides of an issue, so you have to be highly adaptable. Through debate, I learned to love nuance and shades of grey, to empathize with stances I might not agree with.

Name three of your favorite composers:
Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Aram Khachaturian

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
I greatly enjoy hiking, and I have summited 34 of Colorado’s 14ers. (I’ll get them all soon!)

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I am looking forward to meeting so many incredible musicians and getting to know the backgrounds, interests and motivations that led them to where they are now.