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Samantha Whelan Kotkas

Samantha Whelan Kotkas M. Music, B. Music

Born in Canada, raised in Africa and educated in Calgary and Houston, Samantha has been praised for creating truly unique and totally engaging musical experiences. She currently lives in Calgary and is the second trumpet player in the Red Deer Symphony.

As a Teaching Musician for the National Arts Centre of Canada she has performed her trumpet for over 3000 students a year since 2005. In September 2010 Samantha was appointed the position of education advisor for the Calgary Pro Musica society, one of the leading chamber music presenters in Canada.

In February 2010 Samantha joined George Zukerman and Daniel Bolshoy in Nunavut, Canada for an exciting tour of the North. She joined George Zukerman again in April 2011 for a tour of Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Her high energy and fun filled performances have made her a crowd favorite for small and large audiences alike.

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