Meet Symphony Sam!

Symphony Sam playing the clarinet.
Symphony Sam playing the trumpet.

Sam is a cool, music- loving, clumsy cat. Nothing can stop Sam, though – not even clumsiness. Sam knows it can be done! Sam has ALWAYS loved music. Sam likes when music is LOUD and soft, when its fast and slow AND when its high and low. When Sam has an angry moment, only angry music will do. When Sam has a wild moment, only wild music will do. In the library, Sam wants soft quiet music. Sam has lots of friends. Perseus, also called Percy, is Sam’s best friend. They compose music together. They also play games together. Sam likes to play hide and purr.

Sam Reads:

Sam reads musical books, actual music. Books about cats, mice and string really make Sam happy, too.

Sam Listens to:

Sam likes to listen to jazz, because jamming is so much fun. While listening, Sam likes to dance and twirl and swirl to music. Friends like Percy say Sam is real cool. They listen to rock’n’roll because they can dance to it too. Since Sam is so clumsy, dancing with friends makes it extra fun. Sam also listens to Opera but one time fell asleep during a performance. It was boring because there was not enough bombs and death. A good opera is bombastic.

Sam Watches:

Sam likes to watch music videos because they bring the music to life. Sam likes to go to the opera, even if it’s a kids’ opera. Sam’s favorite opera is The Magic Flute.

Sam Plays:

Sam plays all the instruments but the violin is a favorite! Sam thinks just anyone can play the claves using anything, which makes it the worst instrument. Sam also loves to play hide and seek inside and outside. Sam likes to play with beach balls at the beach. Sam has a lot of fun.

How/when did Sam become interested in music?

Sam was interested in music as a baby because it is so interesting and full of happiness.

What does Sam think is the BEST thing about being the Winston-Salem Symphony Mascot?

Sam loves being the mascot for the Winston-Salem Symphony because there is a lot of dancing and singing and listening to music. Also, Sam gets to dress up and play with the characters that visit the symphony including Anakin Skywalker.

What is Sam’s idea of a perfect day?

Sam’s perfect day is listening to music particularly original music—Sam plays the piano with two paws—and also likes to visit with Percy. Percy and Sam like to play and purr together. They Purr all day and compose Purrr-fect operas on purrr-fect Fridays.

What is Sam’s favorite food?

Sam likes “string-cheese.”

Does Sam collect anything?

Sam collects notes from composers. The best note of all is “LA”.

Who is Sam’s favorite composer?

Sam’s favorite composer is Mozart, because of Papageno and all the birds in The Magic Flute.

What else should we know about Sam?

Sam purrs, purrs and purrs and plays, plays and plays every day at the park!

Original biography created in 2018 by Cady Dunn, 2nd Grade, Downtown School



The best way to learn is by doing…. We’ve all heard that one before. We’d like to add to that sentiment, however, by insisting that the best way of learning is by doing something memorable. That’s where Symphony Sam comes in. Sam has been integrated into our educational programing in a strategic effort to captivate children and adults alike. Over the years Sam has been a part of our Discovery Series teaching audiences not just about the deep complexities of music but also extraordinary issues that transcend the concert hall including fire safety, environmental awareness, nature, recycling, character building, literacy through storytelling and so much more! Of course while Symphony Sam is well versed in all of these subjects and more, Sam’s greatest contribution to the Symphony has simply been a greater sense of humor and fun! We hope you will take a moment to introduce your child to Symphony Sam via our “Meet the Mascot” page before your next visit!


Want to get in touch with Sam? Well…Sam doesn’t have email. Sam doesn’t even have a mobile. You’ll just have to text the old-fashioned way: writing actual text! Sam happily looks forward to receiving your handwritten notes and drawings. Please send them via the mail:

Symphony Sam
c/o Winston-Salem Symphony
201 N. Broad St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.