Kia grew up in California, began composing at the age of six, and had her work first performed when she was eighteen. She obtained a Master's degree in composition from Mills College, where she studied with renowned French composer Darius Milhaud, and recieved a Ph.D in Composition from the University of Washington. She has written forty-two operas - thirty of them for children - all of which have been performed. Many were commissioned by the Shoreline School district and written on historical themes; a recent one, for example, depicted the life of Benjamin Franklin.
Dr. Sams' compositions are available for download at: carolsams.com