Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Kansas City recently appointed Sam Fleming as Director of Music and Organist. Every Friday at Noon throughout July Sam and other Kansas City area organists are performing organ recitals at Good Shepherd. The recitals are free and open to the community.
Prior to his appointment at Good Shepherd, he served as Director of Worship and Arts/Organist at First United Methodist Church in Florence, Alabama, and as an adjunct professor in the keyboard and choral areas at the University of North Alabama. Additionally, he has held conducting and accompanying positions in Arizona, Idaho, and Illinois, and maintains a private studio of organ, piano, composition, and voice students.
Sam is known throughout the United States and parts of South America as a conductor, composer, organist, and music educator. He has held various conducting positions with community, church, and school ensembles. He is experienced as a conductor equally on the concert stage, in worship, and in musical theater. As an organist, Sam has performed throughout the Western United States, Illinois, and Alabama as a soloist and with several choral ensembles and chamber groups. Fleming’s compositions have been commissioned and premiered by various ensembles including Brigham Young University-Idaho, Illinois State University, the Fountain of the Sun Community Chorus, the Salonnieres Chamber Ensemble of Phoenix, Arizona and the MacArthur Middle School Orchestra in Prospect Heights, Illinois. His works are published through his own publishing company, SFM Publishing.
Sam holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance and Music Composition. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Kansas in Choral Conducting and Church Music. Sam is a member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife Diane and their two sons.