Sam Ramsay, a 1954 graduate of the Curtis Institute under Mason Jones, played French horn with the New Orleans Symphony, the National Symphony (1956-1963), and the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra (1971-1994). He also performed in the Wolf Trap orchestra (1971-198?), and taught privately in Silver Spring, Maryland, leaving a devoted group of friends and colleagues. In addition, many heard his playing at the National Gallery, National Theater, and at numerous schools with the Maryland Brass Trio arts education program. He was a top player and a gifted teacher. This page is mainly intended for his students and admirers to have a place to learn, reminisce, and leave public thoughts.
In May through July, 1959, he toured South and Central America with the National Symphony, visiting Colombia, Venezuala, Argentina, Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. He is also known to have played, at times, in Hamburg and Barcelona. Any other information is welcomed.
Sam's interests included: writing, cars, photography, foreign language, travel, electronics, art, computers, the ladies, and literature. He was self taught and highly fluent in Spanish. His skill and appetite for learning may explain why his students speak so highly of their time studying with him. He was extremely fond of his students as well; many one hour lessons became complimentary multi-hour workshops because of his passion for, and dedication to, his student's improvement. His explanations, exercises, sketches, and friendship were all noteworthy. Samuel Edward Ramsay was born June 18, 1932 and died of stroke on June 26, 1997, just a few days after his 65th birthday. His memorial is in Upper Darby, PA. Upper Darby is located in Delaware County and is part of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey metropolitan area. For more information about Sam from a horn perspective, click here.