A fresh voice in scoring for media.


Sam Kyzivat, originally from Simsbury, CT, studied music composition at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. His interest lies in using music as a vehicle to tell stories across all media platforms, whether they be film, podcast, radio, or commercial advertising music.

In 2016 Sam received a Patterson/Baird Family Research Fellowship to stay on campus for the summer and compose an original piano quintet under the tutelage of composer-in-residence Vineet Shende. The piece was read by players from the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and ultimately premiered on campus by a Bowdoin student chamber ensemble on 4.30.17. In 2017, he received a Delta Sigma Arts Fellowship, and spent the summer interning with the Maine Youth Rock Orchestra, a nonprofit based in Portland, ME that is revolutionizing music education. He arranged a number of songs for the orchestra's 2017-2018 concert season, writing for folk artists such as Shook Twins, The DuPont Brothers, Connor Garvey, and Max Garcia Conover. In the fall of 2017, Sam received a Grua/O'Connell research grant to aid his year long honor's project in the music department, entitled, Lost on the Way: Original Score and Sound Design for Short Film. The film, written & directed by Nevan Swanson, premiered on May 12th, 2018 in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. 

Sam has collaborated with Timber & Frame Media, a regional EMMY award winning production company based in Portland, ME that has produced videos for The New York Times, Outside Magazine, National Geographic, Motorola, and, most recently, the United Nations.

At Bowdoin, Sam was the music director of Bowdoin's oldest a cappella group, The Meddiebempsters, and was an active performer on campus, playing electric violin sets at student events, festivals, and showcases, opening for artists such as singer-songwriter Julie Byrne. In addition, Sam helped spearhead a new mindfulness project for students: a yoga/meditation class with live ambient music.

Photo by Meredith Brockington