NYCC Composer Profile

Sam Hoyland

SAM HOYLAND (b. 1985) is a New York-based composer whose often fast-paced, often atonal music emphasizes texture and juxtaposition. He discovered jazz and new music while studying music as an undergrad at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. An assignment to write a short work for string quartet was a major turning point in his life: as a result of the assignment, he realize that the masterpieces of the past were not handed down from on high but were written by people. Mr. Hoyland draws musical inspiration from the great Modernists of the first half of the 20th century and – most of all – from the music of György Ligeti.


His music has been performed by PubliQuartet, InnoVox, Tajujon, Choral Chameleon, and Quartet Plus 1, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music and mathematics from Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in music composition from Queens College. He has studied with Anthony Braxton, Jeff Nichols, and Bruce Saylor.

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