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F. John Adams

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F. John Adams taught at New England Conservatory from 1983 through 2007.

Adams was director of choral activities at Harvard University from 1970 to 1978, during which time he prepared choruses for Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Erich Leinsdorf, Mstislav Rostropovich, and William Steinberg. He cofounded and served as music director of the Boston Classical Orchestra from 1980 to 1983, and was assistant conductor of Boston Lyric Opera's Ring Cycle in 1983. He was assistant conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic from 1994 to 1996, and was also artistic director of its youth orchestra program. Adams was Leonard Bernstein's assistant conductor and has performed as a guest pianist, harpsichordist, and organist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and Michael Tilson Thomas. He also served as music director of the New Bedford Symphony for 18 years.

Awards include a Tanglewood Fellowship, a medal from Pope Paul VI, an honorary membership in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Harvard University, and the Harvard Glee Club Medal. In addition, Adams has edited motets of Josquin des Prez and Antoine Brumel for G. Schirmer and directed five recordings for the Musical Heritage Society.

Adams died in 2011; his archive resides at NEC.

A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University. Conducting with Frederik Prausnitz and Nadia Boulanger; voice withMark Pearson. Former faculty of Harvard University and Wellesley College.