Midori Samson

Dr. Midori Samson (she/her) is an Instructional Assistant Professor at Illinois State University
and Section Bassoon of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Recent activities include
collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mashirika Theater Company (Rwanda),
Artists Striving to End Poverty (India), and Flying Carpet Festival (Turkey).
Midori holds degrees from The Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin, and University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation discusses how musicians can operationalize social work
principles as anti-racist action. She brings this philosophy to her role as Artistic Director of Trade
Winds Ensemble, which hosts community engagement workshops with social impact
organizations in Nairobi, Chicago, and Detroit.