Adams, F. John

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F. John Adams (1945-2011) earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Harvard University, completing his Ph.D. in 1972. Adams studied conducting with Frederick Prausnitz and Nadia Boulanger, as well as Leonard Bernstein and Michael Tilson Thomas. Adams also studied voice with Mark Pearson. At New England Conservatory, F. John Adams taught music theory 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. In addition, Adams also taught at Wellesley College. F. John Adams 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. Adams served as 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 performed as a guest pianist, harpsichordist, and organist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa and Michael Tilson Thomas. He also held the position of 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 edited motets of Josquin des Prez and Antoine Brumel for G. Schirmer and directed five recordings for the Musical Heritage Society. Adams passed away on May 24, 2011 at the age of 66.

From the description of F. John Adams collection, 1967-2010. (New England Conservatory of Music). WorldCat record id: 778791056

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referencedIn Radcliffe Choral Society. Records, 1907-1998 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Adams, F. J. A Report of the recreational values existing near Shoshone Falls, Idaho : April-May, 1924 / prepared for F.J. Admas, Omaha, Neb. [by] McCrary, Culley & Carhart, Landscape Architects and Town Planners, Denver, Colo. Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver
referencedIn Records, 1907-1998 Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
creatorOf Adams, F. John. F. John Adams collection, 1967-2010. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
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associatedWith Bender, Ellen, 1947- person
associatedWith Boulanger, Nadia. person
associatedWith Brody, Jeffrey. person
associatedWith Frazin, Howard, 1962- person
associatedWith Hrisanide, Alexandru, 1936- person
associatedWith Kerle, Jacobus de, ca. 1531-1591. person
associatedWith Lombardo, Robert, 1932- person
associatedWith McWain, Andrew. person
associatedWith Morse, R. G. person
associatedWith New England Conservatory of Music. corporateBody
associatedWith Nobre, Marlos, 1939- person
associatedWith Puccini, Giacomo, 1858-1924 person
associatedWith Radcliffe Choral Society person
associatedWith Radcliffe Choral Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Sainton, Philip. person
associatedWith Sirota, Robert. person
associatedWith Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Yong, Yang person
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Active 1967

Active 2010



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SNAC ID: 47862709