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Herb Alpert Music Center

Adjunct Faculty

Adam Snow

Adam Snow

Applied Faculty, Percussion

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Biographical Statement:

Dr. Adam Snow is the Director of Percussion Studies at California State University, Los Angeles and is also an adjunct faculty member at Los Angeles City College. He formerly oversaw the percussion programs at Winthrop University and Davidson College. His diverse musical background has greatly shaped his voice as an artist and as an educator.

Over the years, Dr. Snow has had the opportunity to perform with a diverse mix of artists from around the globe including jazz masters such as Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Cyrus Chestnut, and Russell Malone, New Orleans funk legend George Porter Jr. of The Meters, celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, Grammy-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Trinidadian steel pan phenom Liam Teague, Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval, South African kora master Pops Mohamed, Guinean Djembefolas Bolokada Conde and Mohamed Da Costa, Shona mbira visionary Chartwell Dutiro, Afro-Cuban percussion virtuosos Jesus Diaz and Michael Spiro, and the late, great Clarence "Big Man" Clemons of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Dr. Snow has toured extensively with the New York City-based ensemble Matuto. The self-proclaimed “Pioneers of Brazilian Bluegrass” blend elements of Forró from the Northeast of Brazil with Jazz, Americana, Old Time, and Bluegrass. The Chicago Sun-Times puts them at “the heights of world music sophistication" and Jazz Times magazine calls them “weird, wonderful, unorthodox, and delightful.” Through the U.S. State Department’s American Musicians Abroad (AMA) program, Matuto has traveled the globe as ambassadors for American culture and Dr. Snow has had the opportunity to travel and perform with Matuto in Europe, South America, Canada, and from coast to coast in the United States.

Dr. Snow has performed with many organizations such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, Carolinas Wind Orchestra, Davidson (NC) Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Arts Initiative, Children's Theater of Charlotte, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Greenville (SC) Jazz Collective, and Carolina Voices.

Dr. Snow received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree from Winthrop University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a member of Percussive Arts Society, Jazz Educators Network, The Society for Ethnomusicology, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He is a contributor to the Percussive Arts Society's journal Percussive Notes, serves on the PAS World Percussion Committee, and is an artist endorser for Innovative Percussion. His compositions are published with Bachovich Music Publications and C. Alan Publications.

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