Mandolin / Banjo



Sam Taylor is certainly one of the most versatile and multi-talented musicians residing in Central Oregon.  Sam grew up in a musical family, where piano was the featured instrument in the household, along with having a very accomplished pianist for a mother.  He and his siblings all formed a basis for music around the piano, gradually adding other instruments into the mix together.  His family had soon realized that Sam had special talent in his fingers, and at the age of 9 he was set up with private violin lessons and hasn’t turned back since.  Sam studied violin and viola primarily throughout high school, and was selected for a music scholarship to the University of Montana, while also completing studies across Europe.  Before college as well, Sam had picked up the guitar and was later selected to a master program at the university, taught by none other than the great classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening.  Throughout his studies and performing in his younger years, Sam had picked up a variety of stringed instruments, also including cello, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and bass guitar (including stand-up bass).  

A few of Sam’s many accomplishments include having years in the Central Oregon Symphony as 1st Violinist, Concertmaster of the student orchestra at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and conducting the Steckborn Civic Orchestra in Switzerland.  Throughout his life, Sam has felt a calling to pass along his musical knowledge and experience to new generations of music, and has gathered 30+ years experience in teaching private lessons.  Sam currently resides in Bend, and aside from teaching he is the Conductor of the Community Orchestra of Central Oregon.  He looks forward to continuing to share his passion for music with the community!