Performance is ephemeral. Distilling the human experience into art can stay with one person for a lifetime and seem as if an artist can push and pull time. As a performer, I believe that I serve as a vessel for storytelling.
In my practice, inspiration by those who embody a story through any medium: song, film, art, words or dance fuels my creativity. Through my voice I have always have always found a deeper connection to myself and strive to use it to empower other voices unheard. Through my harp, I am given even more freedom to communicate. As I continue to challenge my artistry by crossing through jazz, opera, orchestral music I aim to honor the pioneers of this craft. For the future, I envision that my music will be among others who help defy the boxes performers and their art is placed into.
Samantha Feliciano is a cross-genre vocalist, harpist and educator.
As of May 2022, she is a Master of Music from New York University with a Dual Degree in Classical Voice Performance and an Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy. Through NYU, Samantha is an adjunct professor with a studio of undergraduate voices across contemporary, theatre and classical genres. In 2021 she also joined Grammy Nominated Artist Brandee Youngers Harp Studio at the university.
Her past studies include a Bachelor of Science in music education (K-12 Certification) from Western Connecticut State University where she studied Jazz and Classical Voice.
Throughout 2022 she has begun freelance performing throughout NYC as a featured soprano soloist and as a solo artist accompanying herself on harp. Her recent projects include in 2021, Samantha composed and debuted an original score for the play “What Happens to Brown Girls Who Never Learn How To Love Themselves Brown'' written by Shenny De Los Angeles at Mabou Mines Theater.
Samantha was also awarded the 2021 NYFA grant in collaboration with photographer Stephanie Ayala and bassist Matthew Jamal.Together, they held a concert at The Center for Performing Research titled “Water Sentient” of works for Harp, Bass and Voice paired with a film screening.
Samantha plans to continue teaching at the collegiate level and working on an EP recording project for 2022.