Samuel Heifetz was born in Latvia and holds a master’s degree from the Latvian National Conservatory with an Honors Diploma. Sam has been a music educator for over 45 years, with extensive experience teaching piano, music theory, composition and improvisation to students ranging from preschool age through adult. In addition to working at Ambler Music Academy, Samuel has been a professor in Performing Arts at Arcadia University since 2002. Mr. Heifetz incorporates a variety of genres in his teachings, including classical, jazz, popular music, musical theatre and world music, catering to the interests and passions of each individual student.
In 1991 Mr. Heifetz 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 Algarve, Portugal, and the Library of the United Nations. His discography includes“Jewish Impressions” (Melodia Records, 1989), “Atzilut” (Arc Music, 1993), “Introversions” (Music Sources, 1995), “Souls on Fire” (Arc Music, 1996), “Moment to Moment” (PianoForte, 2003), “Concert for Peace” (Arc Music, 2004)
Samuel worked intensively 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. Since 2011 Samuel has worked with Sandy Run Middle School Musical Theatre program.
In addition to teaching and performing, Mr. Heifetz is an internationally recognized composer and arranger. Samuels’s compositions include three musicals, Cantata, two symphonic suites, Concertino for piano and strings, various chamber ensembles, choir and solo songs, music for films, compositions and arrangements for big band and combos.