Adam Briggs

Lecturer in Music
616.395.7650briggs@hope.edu
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Dr. Adam Briggs with saxophoneSaxophonist Dr. Adam Briggs, acclaimed as “a master of his instrument” (Fanfare Magazine), is an active classical soloist, chamber musician and jazz artist. He has worked at Hope since fall 2012. His responsibilities include:

  • Auditioning prospective students
  • Teaching private lessons
  • Adjudicating performance juries
  • Coaching honor band sectionals
  • Teaching saxophone techniques for music education majors
  • Coaching student quartets

With regards to performance experience, Adam has concertized in the United States, Mexico and Canada, including most recently at the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. Adam has given residencies and master classes at Interlochen Arts Camp, Brevard Music Center and throughout Maryland, Michigan and Arizona.

Adam serves as instructor of saxophone at Hope College and is the music director and co-founder of the Collective Behavior (CoBe) Chamber Music Series. Adam has private studios throughout Central and Western Michigan, and spends his summers performing at the Taneycomo Music Festival and teaching at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Visit Adam’s personal website.

AREAS OF Expertise

Adam’s primary field of expertise is solo classical saxophone performance. He is adept in all types of classical music, from Baroque to Romantic to 20th century avant-garde.

Adam began serious musical studies with Paul Nolen and went on to study with Timothy McAllister, Gary Louie and Joseph Lulloff, with whom he completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance. He received additional studies from artists Kelland Thomas, Joe Burgstaller, James Forger, and John Nichol.

EDUCATION

  • DMA, saxophone performance, Michigan State University, 2014
  • M.M., saxophone performance, The Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • B.M., saxophone performance, University of Arizona, 2009

INVITED PERFORMANCES

  • Chamber recital, North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference, DeKalb, Illinois (2015)
  • Chamber recital, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Winchester, Virginia (2015)
  • Artist-in-residence, Taneycomo Saxophone Quartet, Taneycomo Saxophone Orchestra, Taneycomo Music Festival, Branson, Missouri (2014)
  • Chamber recital,  North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (2014)
  • Artist-in-residence, Taneycomo Festival Saxophone Quartet, Taneycomo Music Festival, Branson, Missouri (2013)
  • Chamber recital, North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference, Bowling Green, Ohio (2013)
  • Chamber recital, Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival, The Crane School of Music, SUNY at Potsdam (2012)
  • Solo recital, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Tempe, Arizona (2012)
  • College Quartet Recital, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Peabody Saxophone Quartet, Soprano Saxophone, Fairfax, Virginia (2011)
  • College Quartet Recital, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Black Box Saxophone Quartet. Baritone Saxophone. Fairfax, Virginia (2010)
  • College Quartet Recital. United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Black Box Saxophone Quartet, Baritone Saxophone. Fairfax, Virginia (2010)

RECORDINGS

Outside the College

In addition to being music director of CoBe, Adam has been involved in several diverse chamber groups, including the avant-garde Mobtown Modern Ensemble, the funk-rock inspired Contrafunktus VII, the improvisatory Crossing Barriers Group and many classical saxophone quartets. As a member of these groups and others, he has performed on concert series such as UA Presents, the Crane Saxophone Chamber Music Festival and the Mobtown Modern Series. Adam has also shared the stage with several notable jazz performers such as Marcus Belgrave, Conrad Herwig, John Fedchock, Ron Blake and Xavier Davis.

Adam’s debut recording Transcension, released on the Blue Griffin label, was described as “a must-own for anyone interested in saxophone playing at the highest level” (Fanfare Magazine). He was previously featured with the Catalina Saxophone Quartet on America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax: Volume XIV performing Gavin Bryars’ Alaric I or II. He also appeared as a member of the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble on their recordings of Johan de Meij’s Symphonies, released on the Naxos label.

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Adam Briggs

Phone Number616.395.7650

Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts 233 221 Columbia Avenue Holland, MI 49423-3698