(1955 - living) U.S.A.
Composer, musicologist, and professor of music
Byron Adams earned a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Jacksonville University, studying piano with Mary Lou Wesley Krosnick and composition with Gurney Kennedy. He received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Halsey Stevens and Morten Lauridsen. He received his doctoral degree from Cornell University, studying musicology with William Austin and composition with Karel Husa.
Prof. Adams has had performances of his music in Europe, such as at the 26th "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music in Poland, the Leith Hill Festival in England, the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, France, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra. His music has been presented in America at such institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Harvard University, Yale University and Carnegie Recital Hall.
Byron Adams's scholarly work was recognized when he was awarded the first Ralph Vaughan Williams Research Fellowship in 1985. He has published widely on the subject of twentieth-century English music, giving lectures and interviews on this topic over the BBC and at the 1995 National Meeting of the American Musicological Society. Articles and reviews by Prof. Adams have appeared in Music and Letters, MLA Notes, Current Musicology, and The Musical Quarterly as well as in Vaughan Williams Studies, a volume recently published by Cambridge University Press.
Articles on Martinu and Vaughan Williams are included in volumes scheduled to appear in 2000. Prof. Adams has contributed four entries to the revised edition of the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, including those on Husa and Walton. He has recently been named to the editorial board of American Music.
Prof. Adams is presently Professor of Composition and Musicology at the University of California, Riverside. He was appointed Composer in Residence of the Colonial Symphony during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. During the summer of 1992, Prof. Adams taught solfège, composition and conducted the chorale at the Conservatoire Américain in Fontainebleau, France.
The Brass Press, Southern Music Co., Earthsongs, Encore Music and Yelton Rhodes all publish music by Byron Adams. Recorded performances of his music are available on the Orion Master Recordings, Skylark, and Mark record labels.
Source: : http://www.music.ucr.edu/people/adams.html