Adjunct Professor of Music
Professor Samuel Heifetz has been an adjunct professor at Arcadia since 2002. Sam was born in Riga, Latvia and holds a master’s degree in music performance from the Latvian National Conservatory. He worked at the Latvian Philharmonic Society as the music director of the chamber ensemble Via Tertia, recorded many shows on Latvian and central Soviet television and radio, and performed extensively throughout the former Soviet Union and Europe. He also wrote music for theatre and films and in 1988, he released the first album of instrumental Jewish music made in the USSR, Jewish Impressions.
Samuel was one of the founders of the Latvian Jewish Cultural Society. Mr. Heifetz moved to the United States in 1990 and continued his career as an orchestrator, arranger, composer, performer, and educator. In 1991, he made a successful debut at Carnegie Hall. He has performed throughout Europe and the United States, including at the Jewish Music Festival in Berlin, the International Music Festival in Portugal, and the Library of the United Nations.
He has recorded three albums with the ensemble Atzilut (with Ark Music) as well as two of his own albums: Introversions (with Music Sources) and Moment to Moment (with PianoForte). In 2005 and 2006, Sam taught master classes and workshops in contemporary Jewish music in Riga. He also works regularly in musical theatre, including at the Prince Music Theatre, Theatre Horizon, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and the Media Theatre for Performing Arts, where he served as the resident music director for the 2008-2009 season. His favorite shows to conduct have included My Fair Lady, Oliver, Showboat, and The Fantasticks. His original musical, David the Shepherd, was presented in workshop form at the Stagecrafters Theater in March 2011.