Sam Bergman

Sam Bergman

Sam Bergman joined the viola section of the Minnesota Orchestra in February 2000, at the age of 23. A native of small-town Pennsylvania, he grew up studying violin and viola with some of the more prominent musicians in the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra. He graduated from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied under the truly outstanding team of Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, with whom he credits every professional success he has since enjoyed.

Since 2001, Sam has also been a news editor and content contributor for, where his much-lauded online diary of the Minnesota Orchestra's 2004 tour of Europe appeared. He has written about music and the music industry for the London Evening Standard, the Houston Chronicle, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, among others, and from 2003-04, he served as editor of Senza Sordino, the official publication of the International Conference of Symphony and Opera Musicians (ICSOM).

He has served on the viola faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and he spends part of each summer teaching and coaching chamber music at Greenwood Music Camp in rural Massachusetts, where he has been a fixture since the age of 10.

Articles by Sam Bergman:

Selling The Band (Without Selling Your Soul)
December 11, 2019