Sam Clapp is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Architectural Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Born and raised in Chicago, Sam started playing the cello at the age of 9, studying with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet and Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and performing in Midwest Young Artists. He graduated from Williams College, where he double majored in music and physics, studied cello with Nathaniel Parke, and performed in the Berkshire Symphony. For several years Sam worked as the Publicity Associate at Young Concert Artists, an organization devoted to launching the careers of young classical musicians. Despite moving over 150 miles from New York City to pursue graduate studies, he still gladly makes the trip to Brooklyn for rehearsals and performances with the SOB.