Full-Time FacultyCedar Valley CollegeCourses: Music Theory, Fundamentals of Music, Voice Class, Applied Voice
Dr. Sam Germany earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Anderson College, a master's degree in music from Western Michigan University and a doctorate in vocal performance from the University of North Texas.
He joined Cedar Valley’s music faculty in 1981 as an adjunct instructor of voice and piano and became a full-time faculty member in 1993. Dr. Germany also serves as music theater coordinator and is the director of the college's Family Music Theatre program, which he founded in 1994.
Honors for his work as an educator at Cedar Valley include the 1998 President's Award, 2000 and 2001 Community Service Awards, 2002 Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2007 Miles Griffith Excellence in Teaching Award and the 2007 National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.
He was selected as a 2007 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, one of only 15 individuals in the state to receive the premier recognition for collegiate teaching excellence at two- and four-year colleges, both public and private. He is a graduate of DCCCD's Leadership program of 2003-2004.
Dr. Germany’s work as a director spans more than 30 years and more than 85 productions, including musical theater, choral cantatas and seven original musical revues, encompassing five signature “Swingin’ With the Big Band” productions. He is the director and founder of Cedar Valley’s Family Music Theatre, having presented more than 65 productions, including the first Texas collegiate performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” He is an accomplished vocalist and keyboardist, both in classical and contemporary fields, with performance experience in classical solo work, musical theater, professional summer stock, touring concerts in contemporary Christian music and freelance work.
Dr. Germany has 35 years’ experience working in sacred music and has a long-term relationship with Dallas’ New Life Bible Fellowship, where he was worship arts director for 30 years. He also has taught private voice and piano lessons for more than 35 years and served as clinician for the 2001 Duncanville ISD All-City Choir Concert.
He is a longtime member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, with voice students who have gone on to continue studies at institutions including Wheatland University, UNT, UTA, SMU, Dallas Baptist University, UNT, OU, the University of Miami and UCLA. Some of his former students now work on Broadway.