Sammy Sussman (b. 1999) is a reporter, composer and bassist from Bedford Hills, NY. Though currently on a gap year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he will be a senior composition major in the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2021. Sammy studies composition with Evan Chambers and bass with Marion Hayden. Some of his previous teachers include Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, Michael Daugherty, David Conte, Narcis Bonet, Michel Merlet, Kyle Blaha and Becki Advocate.
Sammy's compositions have been recognized by the American Composers Forum, the Foundation for Modern Music and the National Association for Music Education. His music also received an honorable mention in the New York Philharmonic's New World Composition Challenge. Recent composition projects include a two-act comedic musical, "Diseducated," with book, music & lyrics by Sammy Sussman and Allison Taylor.
As a reporter, Sammy has written for The Michigan Daily, Bridge magazine and VAN Magazine. His investigative reporting career began in September, 2018, when Sammy received a tip about alleged sexual misconduct by Stephen Shipps, the Chair of Strings and a former Associate Dean at the University of Michigan. Months later, Sammy's article in The Michigan Daily uncovered 40 years of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against Shipps from former students and staff at three separate academic institutions. This reporting was featured in the Columbia Journalism Review and the Detroit Free Press' year-ending series “This journalism made us jealous in 2018.”
Sammy is an alumni of the New York Youth Symphony Composition Program and the European American Musical Alliance-Nadia Boulanger Institute. He is also an alumni of the Fox Lane High School, where his creative research project on the "L'Engelian tesseract between Oppenheimer's Trinity atomic test and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings" was awarded the Tingley Scholarship. He is a member of ASCAP.