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Allison AdamsAllison Adams

Assistant Professor of Saxophone
Hired: 2013

University of Tennessee
School of Music
303 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040
Saxophone Studio Website

Dr. Allison Dromgold Adams holds a B.M. in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College, a M.M. in Music Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from Arizona State University. She has taught saxophone at both Ithaca College and Cornell University. In addition, she has also served on the faculty of Ithaca College's Summer Music Academy, teaching Yoga for Musicians in addition to studio saxophone. Her non-college teaching experience includes directing elementary and middle school band, and teaching private woodwind and piano lessons.

Dr. Adams has recently been featured in recitals at Ithaca College, Western Carolina University, Cornell University, the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, and the Syracuse, NY recital series, "Civic Morning Musicals." An avid proponent of new music for the saxophone, Dr. Adams actively commissions composers to write for the instrument. Works she has commissioned include Flames will Grow by Dominick DiOrio and Rumination and Manifestation by Keane Southard.

In addition to her solo work, Dr. Adams is a member of the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet based in Phoenix, AZ. With this group she has performed and presented master classes domestically and abroad. Outside of her role as a performer, her research has focused on the integration of body awareness techniques and music pedagogy.

Her main saxophone teachers have included Steven Mauk, Eugene Rousseau, and Timothy McAllister.

  • D.M.A. in Music Performance - Arizona State University (2012)
  • M.M. in Music Performance - University of Minnesota (2008)
  • B.M. in Music Education and Performance - Ithaca College (2006)

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