Winspiration Studio is derived from the words “win” and “inspiration.” As Will pushed himself to untangle the many intricacies of violin technique and discover more nuances of musical performance and expression, he found a more profound inspiration in his craft. This inspiration, along with his desire to win auditions and improve his own reputation as a reliable violinist has shaped who he is as a performer and teacher today.
Will is a Suzuki Method registered violin instructor, however, he does teach in other musical methodology that is most beneficial to his students’ unique learning patterns. Likewise, he teaches patience, control, focus, and planning, with the view that a quality practice is better than the quantity of practices.
Music is its own language, we know now to expect students to learn that language much like they did as a young child; first by listening, then speaking, and eventually reading.
For kids, Will works with parents to ensure the child grows up in a musical household and has regular practice times with their family. Many students who begin violin are at an age where they are not good readers yet, so his students will learn their first book by memory. The pieces are securely learned through regular listening, weekly repetition, and a slow introduction of new skills and concepts.
For adults, Will focuses on teaching ways to refine technique and skill. Whether it is mastering a new concept or fixing a problem you have been stuck on, there is always value to improving musicality.
For beginners, here is a helpful list of what to bring to your first lesson:
"I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be taught by Mr. Samorey, for he guided me to be the violinist who I am to this day. Truly a passionate, dedicated teacher and violinist."
- Dan K.
Sign up is available here: https://qcso.org/education/private-lesson-program/Rates are set by the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra Private Lesson Program (QCSO PLP.) I only offer virtual lessons.
Noted for his stylistic versatility and ability to command an audience with his musical storytelling, Will Samorey began his long studies in music in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of four in the Kinder Piano program. During high school, Will was a two-year Iowa All-State musician and section principal. In his senior year he was invited to be the assistant concertmaster of the Buena Vista University University Orchestra Festival in California. Will finished out his high school years at City High School in Iowa City, whose music program has been awarded three times by the Grammy association as one of the top high school music programs in the country.
Will began his undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Annette-Barbara Vogel, following her to the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a B.A. in Music with honors in Violin Performance. Other teachers include Won-Bin Yim, Yehonatan Berick, Vasile Beluska, Stacey Woolley, Jonathan Sturm and the Corigliano Quartet, and Jupiter Quartet. While at UWO, he held various positions with the school's symphony orchestra, opera, and musical productions including all principal violin positions and concertmaster.
Professionally, Will has performed in all concentrations from chamber music, to pit orchestras, community, and symphony orchestras. These include: Seven Hills Symphonietta and Jersey Productions where he was the concertmaster; Clermont Philharmonic; International Symphony Orchestra; Middletown Symphony Orchestra; and Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. Currently, Will has tenure with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, is the concertmaster of the Golden Valley Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute with symphonies across Iowa and Minnesota. Will has given solo and chamber music recitals in the Des Moines and Bettendorf and he has performed the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto in Minneapolis.
Will proudly performs on a custom-made violin by 3rd generation violin maker Jennifer Becker. He plays her #34 the “Falcon.” Will is also the proud owner of bows made by Roger Zabinski, Robert Taylor, and Lee Guthrie.
Along with performing, Will is also very experienced in playing for services such as weddings and events. From the ceremony to the reception of your wedding, or the integral part of your special event...there are endless possibilities to create that perfect musical moment.Wedding Pricing:
If you are interested in booking a performance, please view the pricing and song list below. Whether it is setting the mood to your romantic wedding or playing with versatile energy to bring life to your party, Will is up to the task. Contact Will for an official estimate and to provide details about your event.
"Will's music was perfect for our intimate wedding ceremony. He was easy to work with and extremely professional. My wife and I highly recommend Will. Hire him! You won't regret it!"
- Courtney R.