High School Division

2013 High School Division Faculty


Summer Music Academy faculty consist of current Ithaca College faculty, top music educators from across the country, and renowned guest artists. Additional faculty and guest artists will be announced periodically. Please note that this is a list of faculty from the 2013 season. 2014 faculty will be announced soon.

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Allison Dromgold Adams, SaxophoneAllison Dromgold Adams, Saxophone
DMA Candidate, Arizona State University; MM, University of Minnesota; BM, Ithaca College

Saxophonist Allison Dromgold Adams is an active soloist, chamber musician, and educator. As the tenor saxophonist for The Estrella Consort, Allison has performed both regionally and abroad, recently completing a South American tour in which the quartet performed and gave master classes across Ecuador. The quartet has also been invited to participate in this year’s Fischoff National Chamber Music competition.

In addition, Allison is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys working with musicians to merge the philosophy of yoga with the demands of a musical career. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation, which explores the integration of yoga philosophy into a saxophone pedagogy in order develop an efficient approach to practicing and performing. In 2011, Allison appeared at the Regional North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference in Las Vegas, where she presented a lecture entitled “Avoiding Injury and Promoting Healthy Musicians: Yoga and the Saxophone.”

Allison has performed throughout the country, recently appearing as a soloist at the 2012 National NASA Conference, held in Tempe, AZ. She also assisted in the organization of the conference and has written conference reviews for NASA publications. Allison has performed across Phoenix, AZ with The Estrella Consort and as part of Classical Revolution Phoenix, and is a past recipient of the Minnesota Schubert Club Grant, which allowed her to study in Gap, France with saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, and Vincent David. Allison has also worked closely with world-renowned saxophonist Eugene Rousseau, helping to organize the 2008 Rousseau International Saxophone Masterclass and acting as teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota from 2007-2008.

Allison also enjoys teaching private students of all ages and working with groups of young musicians. She has taught piano and woodwinds at various music studios and instructed elementary band for two years.

Currently, Allison is completing her doctoral studies in saxophone performance at Arizona State University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from Ithaca College. Her prominent teachers have been Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, Steven Mauk, and Connie Frigo.

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