Sammy Sussman

Composer, 2020

Sammy Sussman (b. 1999) is a reporter and composer from Bedford Hills, NY. He is currently a senior in the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He studies composition with Evan Chambers and bass with Marion Hayden; his previous teachers include Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, Michael Daugherty, Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, Kyle Blaha and Becki Advocate. He’s also a freelance reporter and biweekly columnist for The Michigan Daily.

Sammy’s music is socially, historically and politically informed. His compositions have been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the Foundation for Modern Music and the National Association for Music Education. His music also received an honorable mention in the New York Philharmonic’s New World Composition Challenge. Recent composition projects include a full-length musical, “Diseducated,” with book, music & lyrics by Sammy Sussman and
Allison Taylor. Sammy is an alumni of the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program and the European American Musical Alliance-Nadia Boulanger Institute. He is a member of ASCAP.

As a reporter, Sammy has written for The Michigan Daily, Bridge and VAN. His investigative reporting career began when Sammy uncovered 40 years of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against former U-M Associate Dean Stephen Shipps. This reporting was featured in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Detroit Free Press- “This journalism made us jealous in 2018.” He’s since reported on sexual harassment allegations against composer Dan Welcher and over $1.25 million in confidential non-disparagement agreements reached by a public university.

Learn more about Sammy’s work on his website.