Chair, Contemporary Improvisation; Assistant Chair, Contemporary Improvisation; Assistant to the Chair, Contemporary Improvisation
In addition to teaching duties on New England Conservatory's College faculty, Eden MacAdam-Somer chairs New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation department for Preparatory and Continuing Education, serving students through high school age and adult learners.
Eden's music transcends genre through soaring violin and fiddling, sweet vocals, and percussive dance. She has been a featured soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras, jazz and swing bands, and Eastern European and American folk ensembles. She has been an artist at the Aspen and Beijing International Music Festivals, and, with her contemporary folk duo, NotoriousFolk, has traveled across the continental United States, and visited Alaska, Hawaii, India, Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Afghanistan.
Beginning her classical studies at the age of four, it was not until high school that Eden became an active member of the traditional music and dance community in Houston, Texas. This led her to years of playing and singing with American and International folk bands, jazz and swing groups, and early music ensembles. Eden also continued to develop her skills as a classical violinist, winning the Music Teacher's National Association State Division and the Lennox Young Artists Competitions, and earning her B.M. and M.M. degrees in classical performance from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Fredell Lack, and the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as a student of Kenneth Goldsmith.
As an educator, Eden is strongly committed to guiding students in developing their own unique voices, regardless of genre or style. She has taught privately for over fifteen years, and has helped to develop teaching programs at Houston Community College, the Shepherd School of Music’s Preparatory Department, and South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, Mass. She has also acted as teaching assistant to Kenneth Goldsmith at the Shepherd School of Music and to Hankus Netsky and Ran Blake at New England Conservatory.
Eden’s 2011 visits to Kabul involved teaching and collaborating with students and faculty at the Afghan National Institute of Music, where boys and girls of all ages study both academics and music from Eastern and Western classical and folk music traditions. Her work in Israel later that spring involved performances and workshops with children from Jewish and Arab Israeli backgrounds, as well as cross-cultural performances at the American Embassy in Jerusalem.
In 2009, Eden was accepted as the first doctoral student of New England Conservatory's Contemporary Improvisation department, where she has pursued explorations of composition and improvisation across genres, including works for solo performer on violin, voice, and dance. In between studies and performances, Eden maintains an active performance and recording career and continues to tour, both as a soloist and with the band NotoriousFolk.
B.M. in classical performance, Moores School of Music at the University of Houston; M.M. in classical performance, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University; D.M.A. in Contemporary Improvisation, New England Conservatory. Studies with Fredell Lack, Kenneth Goldsmith.