Sam Melnick (b. 1992) is a composer whose music jumps between, and sometimes straddles, post-minimalism and new American traditionalism. Based in Austin, Texas, his works have been performed by the NOW Ensemble, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Anthony P. Hopkins Memorial Trombone Choir, and at the North American Saxophone Association Biennial Convention. Melnick’s creative process is heavily inspired by the collaboration process between composer and performers. He has been commissioned for chamber works by musicians including AVIDduo, Jonathan Carr, Brittany Primavera, and Micah Candiotti-Pacheco. Melnick graduated from the University of North Texas where he studied with Joseph Klein, Panayiotis Kokoras, and Kirsten Broberg. He also served as Music Director at the Phi Tau chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon where he programmed fourteen free, public performances over four semesters.