Spears, Samuel

Associate Professor of Music
Wallman Hall, Room 239
(304) 367-4118
B.M. Furman University
M.M. University of Cincinnati
D.M.A. University of Miami


Dr. Sam Spears, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Fairmont State University, joined the faculty in 2009.  Dr. Spears conducts the FSU Collegiate Singers, Chamber Choir, and Community Chorus.  He also teaches voice, conducting, and choral methods.  Before coming to FSU, Dr. Spears taught choral music and voice at several colleges and universities in Georgia and Florida, most recently at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL.  Dr. Spears is a graduate of Furman University (B.M., Vocal Performance), the University of Cincinnati (M.M., Choral Conducting), and the University of Miami (D.M.A., Choral Conducting).

Dr. Spears is an active professional singer, primarily of choral music.  In 2014, he was featured as an incidental soloist for Carmina Burana with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.   He has recently performed with the Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City, MO, and he was a founding member of Seraphic Fire, a professional chamber choir based in Miami, FL.  While living in south Florida, he also sang for four years with the professional men’s choir at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center.
Dr. Spears is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.  From 2013-2015, he served as President of the West Virginia American Choral Directors Association.  He is currently Vice-President of WV ACDA.  While teaching in Georgia, he served as the Repertoire and Standards chair for Two-Year and Small Colleges for GA ACDA.  He has also been an adjudicator for choral festivals and vocal competitions at the high school and college level.