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Allison AdamsAllison Adams

Associate Professor Saxophone
Hired: 2013

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

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 the Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival and 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.

An avid performer, she is a member of the Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Ensemble and the tenor saxophonist in the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet devoted to the performance of new music. Adams frequently performs with the Knoxville Symphony and has been featured in recitals across the country. She has also performed at the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conferences, and the International Clarinet Association conference. She was featured as a concerto soloist at the 2019 NASA Region 7 conference at Western Carolina University. Adams is currently co-authoring a saxophone method book, which focuses on pedagogy for collegiate methods class students and adult beginners.

Besides her study of the saxophone, Adams’ main area of research centers around performance injuries, wellness for musicians, and the integration of yoga into music performance. A chapter on her recovery from focal dystonia is available in the collection Notes of Hope, published by Mountain Peak Music. She has also authored an essay on yoga for musicians, which can be found in the multi-media resource Cross Training for Musicians (available through Mountain Peak Music as well). 

Her main saxophone teachers have included Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, and Steven Mauk. She is a D’Addario Performing Artist. For more information, please go to

  • 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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