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MY SKILLS & GIFTS Singer-songwriter, freelance backing musician (vox and violin), session musician (vox & violin), event production & booking, song editor and arranger, string part composer, music production, social media content production (Wix sites, Canva, IMovie, IG Reels & Stories), private instructor, song circle leader, expressive arts workshop presenter, youth arts worker, incarcerated youth program designer, ceremonial musician: weddings, memorials, seasonal celebrations, rites of passage.


RATES I have 3 sliding scale rates, which helps me maximize accessibility while meeting my financial needs. Please refer to the Green bottle illustration in this article if you'd like guidance: The Sliding Scale: A Tool Of Economic Justice

VENMO: @Samantha_Cooper


SESSION WORK I’ve amassed a wealth of studio experience by playing on over 75 Midwestern albums. I offer session work (voice and violin) at a rate of $50, $60 or $70 per song or per hour. I also accept trades when relevant. *Note: $50 per song or hour is the standard union rate.


ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS (Violin, fiddle, voice, songwriting, circle singing, creative writing, musical play and improvisation): I offer a sliding scale rate of $15, $20 and $25 per half hour. $25, $30, $35 per 45 minutes, and $35, $40 or $45 per hour. I also accept trades when relevant.


PRIVATE LESSONS IN YOUR HOME (Violin, fiddle voice, songwriting, circle singing, creative writing, musical play and improvisation): I offer a sliding scale rate of $25, $30 and $35 per half hour. $35, $40, $45 per 45 minutes, and $45, $50 or $55 per hour. I also accept trades when relevant.

SUPPORTING/BACKING MUSICIAN In addition to my solo project and my duo project Hearth & Hymn, I support two songwriters live: Elisabeth Pixley-Fink (vox, violin, bass) and Chris Bathgate (vox, violin, aux percussion). I occasionally support other songwriters or bands. My rates vary based on travel time and lead artist pay. Please email to discuss.


SESSION WORK REQUESTS Please send tracks 48 hours in advance. If I’ll be reading sheet music, please send 72 hours in advance.




Seth Bernard: Love Yourself 

(vox and violin)

Hearth & Hymn: We Are Alive 

(vox and violin)

Matt Jones: Sarah & Sullivan 

(vox and violin)

Samantha Cooper: “Snowsuit” 

(vox and violin)

Seth Bernard: Gorno’s Waltz 


Chris Bathgate: Water 


Maraj: And Danks 



“There is nobody else I know that can deliver the peak vocal hook of a tune, immediately follow it up with an irresistible string part, and then show up in the google doc with detailed notes to help make it all shine in the mixing process!" 


— Seth Bernard


Session Musician CV



  • Mattijane Brooks: Listen To The Winter, Some Catch

  • Seth Bernard, Unrest And Rest

  • Gitis Baggs, Having The Same Dream

  • Chris Bathgate, The Significance Of Peaches

  • Sari Brown, Holy Broken Heart

  • Seth Bernard, My Heart Is My Home

  • The Great Awakening Single: Joe Reilly & Earthwork Music 

  • Monte Pride, Even In Absence

  • Saltbreaker, Snowblind Single

  • Strawberry Heritage, Light Magic

  • Nicholas James Thomasma, Rolling Home

  • Carolyn Koebel, Devotions On A Theme Of Love, V.2

  • Max Lockwood, LOCKWOOD

  • Anne Erlewine, Over The Bones

  • Chris Dorman, Big Tiny Love song

  • Psypiritual, Kirlian

  • The Lasso, The Sound Of Lasso

  • Hearth & Hymn, Lullaby Bangers

  • Seth Bernard, Eggtones For Fun

  • Chris Bathgate, Dizzy Seas

  • Angela Josephine, Daylight

  • Andy Baker, One Fine Day

  • Veronica Mmari EP

  • ​Christopher Sloan, Dreaming Trees

  • Brian Koenigsknecht, From The Shallows To The Deep

  • Cassidy Bisher, Skin EP

  • Morgan Haner, Transmitter Blues

  • Seth Bernard, Eggtones Blues 

  • Stepladders, Stepladders

  • Old Factory, Chris Bathgate

  • Don't Go Not Changing, The Go Rounds

  • Jonathan Timm, Fever Dream

  • Westnedge Hill, Beat Brigade

  • Fallow Land, Pinscher EP

  • Milo Birch, Stepping Up

  • Sacred Strays, Sacred Strays

  • Jessi Clayton, Lightwave

  • Beth Patterson, Ponder Anew

  • Mechele Peters, A Thousand Fields

  • Tom Hymn, Early Magic

  • Maraj, Voyager

  • Maraj, EP1

  • Matt Jones, The Deep Enders

  • The Soil & The Sun, Meridian

  • Bowhunter, The Right Hands 'Round

  • Micah Ling, Kingdom Come

  • The Go Rounds, Purple Mountain Travesty

  • Seth Bernard, Reconciliation & the Great Beyonda

  • Mark Lavengood, No Part Of Nothin'

  • Hearth & Hymn, Vol. 1

  • Lasso, Golden Lasso

  • Silphium Blooms, Pattern

  • The Double Phelix, The Double Phelix Sound

  • Matthew Barney, River Of Fundament Film

  • Lindsay Lou & Josh Rilko, Time & Luck

  • Elisabeth Pixley-Fink, Bloodroot

  • Pat Carroll, Glow In The Dark

  • The Go Rounds, Feathername

  • Fiona Dickinson, Duende

  • Graham Parsons, Untitled

  • The New Green, Elaborate Maps 

  • The New Green, Easily Made, Easily Broken



  • Ben Lauren

  • Beth Patterson

  • Brek Rosengren

  • Heart Skin, Elisabeth Pixley-Fink

  • Max Lockeood, TBD

  • Timothy Monger, TBD

  • Seth Bernard, Title TBD

  • Gitis Baggs, Title TBD

  • Ben Lauren, TBD

  • Robert Blankenhorn, Title TBD

  • Carolyn Koebel

  • Cosmique Hypnotique

  • Joey Shultz EP



Samantha Cooper, Let The Wave

Samantha Cooper, Snowsuit

Samantha Cooper, The Most Wonderful Time

Samantha Cooper, Old Man Winter

Pickathon Presents, Hearth & Hymn

Chris Bathgate, NPR Tiny Desk Concert




Hearth & Hymn, Elisabeth Pixley-Fink, Seth Bernard, Cosmique Hypnotique, The Lasso, Chris Bathgate, Matt Jones & The Reconstruction, Fiona Dickinson & The Stone Flowers, Maraj, Anne Erlewine, The Go Rounds, The Chordelias, The Bowhunter String Band, The Rico Samwich String Band, The Double Phelix Collective

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