Hi, I'm Adam and I earned a Masters in Music Theory, and Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance and Music Theory from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. I'm currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Music History and Theory at the University of Connecticut.
While at Temple, I studied oboe with Jonathan Blumenfeld and English horn with Elizabeth Starr-Masoudnia, both long-time members of The Philadelphia Orchestra. In fact, I met
Mrs. Masoudnia during my 8th grade summer while at summer camp at the Philadelphia International Music Festival at Bryn Mawr College (it looks like Hogwarts!) The fall of the same year I began private studies with her. I'm at home in large and small ensembles, and as a featured artist.
I began studying the piano when I was four-years-old, and I'm enjoying teaching private beginner piano students over Zoom since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
I also tutor music theory undergraduate students at Temple University from across all music disciplines - from education to voice and music therapy majors.
I love challenges!!
Nothing gets me more excited and engaged that tackling and mastering a new piece of music, figuring out musical structures and themes and looking at material in fresh and new ways.
With several years of piano lessons behind me, in third grade I came home and told my parents I wanted to play the oboe because I thought it "sounded like a duck," and I've always loved ducks!!
Bring on the Music!!!
I began taking oboe lessons locally and attending music camps, where I was exposed to classical composers like Telemann, Mozart and Haydn. When my middle school teacher suggested the English horn I didn't hesitate - and my public school district had an instrument I could use - though it was in bits and pieces.
About the same time - by now I was a freshman in high school, I joined a regional youth orchestra. Within the first two weeks our conductor asked if I'd like to play the English horn for him, and said "oh, by the way, I happen to have one you can use!" What abundance!! To have access to two, expensive and unique instruments as a youngster - I was on my way.
So whether you're looking for a performer, a tutor or private studio teacher, or coaching for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Districts, Regions, All State or National Association for Music Educators National orchestra, I've been there, and I'd love to talk.