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2014 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. 

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

Dr. Allison Adams is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber groups, presents master classes, and teaches a course in instrumental methods for music education students. She has also served on the faculties of Ithaca College and Cornell University. Her non-collegiate teaching experience includes directing elementary and middle school band, and teaching private woodwind and piano lessons. Adams has enjoyed teaching at Ithaca College’s Summer Music Academy for the past two summers and is excited to join the faculty again this year!


Dr. Adams has performed with the Knoxville Symphony and been featured in recitals at the University of Tennessee, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ, the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Northwestern University, Ithaca College, Western Carolina University, Cornell University, the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and the Syracuse, NY recital series, “Civic Morning Musicals.” She is the tenor player in the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet that has toured both nationally and abroad.


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, both premiered during the 2013-2014 school year.


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 own experience with a performance injury is available in the collection "Notes of Hope," published by Mountain Peak Music. She 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). Adams is a certified yoga instructor.


Dr. 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 is a D’Addario performing artist.


For more information, please go to www.allisondadams.com



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