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Associate Professor Peter Adams

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MMus (King’s College, London), MusB (Hons, Otago)
Joined the staff in 1990

On study leave from 1st July 2018 until 30 June 2019

Tel +64 3 479 8890
Email peter.adams@otago.ac.nz

Research Expertise

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Music analysis

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Music history and analysis
  • Composition
  • Film music
  • Completed MA supervisions: Paul Rodley 2005, Yuen Ching Lam 2006, Christine Evans-Millar 2011, MMus in composition: Philip Dobson 2011.
  • Peter is currently co-supervising three DMA students and a PhD student.

Student Successes

Conducting students who have gone on to professional conducting careers:

  • Tecwyn Evans
  • Michael Joel
  • Holly Mathieson

Composition students who have gone on to be professional composers and arrangers:

  • Peter Hobbs
  • Ewen Clark
  • Ryan Youens

Other Musical and Community Activities

  • Musical Director, City of Dunedin Choir 1987-1996
  • Musical Director, St Kilda Brass 1990 – 2005, 2012 – present. Life member
  • Music Director and Conductor, Waitaki Summer Music Camp, 2007 – present
  • Musical Director, National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand, 2012 – 2015
  • Musical Director, New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra, 2014, 2016
  • Musical Director, Auckland Philharmonia Lion Foundation Summer School, 2015
  • Musical Director and Conductor, Dunedin Youth Orchestra, 1989 – present
  • Guest conductor with Dunedin Sinfonia, Southern Sinfonia, Opera Otago, Viva Chamber Orchestra (Nelson), Da Capo Orchestra (Christchurch), New Zealand Chamber Orchestra, Dalewool Brass and North Shore Brass (Auckland), Otago Symphonic Band and Southern Sinfonia Academy
  • Adjudicator of Brass Band and Concert Band Contests and Festivals throughout New Zealand and Australia
  • Clarinettist in chamber music with colleagues in the music department
  • Member of the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

Conference Contribution

  • Adams, P.V. A Forgotten Nightingale? Brahms, Mühlfeld, Draper and Kell: the clarinet as songbird, paper presented at the conference “Performing Brahms in the Twenty-first Century”, School of Music, University of Leeds. England, June, 2015

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Publications

Adams, P. (2015). Breath of Souls: Five Waiata (2012-2014), for solo flute. Wellington, New Zealand: Promethean Editions [Published score]. [Composition/Musical Score].

Adams, P. (conductor) (2015, 23 May). Simon O'Neill, in concert with St Kilda Brass, Kavanagh College Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor), Downes, G. (artistic director, singer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Burns, R. (fender bass) (2015, 28 February). Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (28 February), with the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor) (2014, 3 May). NZ Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra Concert, with Han Sol Jeong (piano), Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Performance].

Performance

Adams, P. (conductor) (2015, 23 May). Simon O'Neill, in concert with St Kilda Brass, Kavanagh College Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor), Downes, G. (artistic director, singer), Petersen, T. (violin), & Burns, R. (fender bass) (2015, 28 February). Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound, Songs & Singers (28 February), with the Southern Sinfonia, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (musical director) (2014, 6-8 February). National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand 'Going Places' Concert Tour, with Kirsty Rower (baritone horn), Palmerston North, Wanganui, & Wellington, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor) (2014, 3 May). NZ Secondary Schools' Symphony Orchestra Concert, with Han Sol Jeong (piano), Charles Luney Auditorium, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor) (2014, 25 September). Dunedin Youth Orchestra Concert: Forces of Destiny, featuring Natasha Kumar (clarinet), works by Verdi, Van Betuw, Stanford, and Beethoven, Knox Church, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Ritchie, A. (piano), Adams, P. (clarinet), Du Plessis, H. (cello), Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2013, 10 September). Department of Music Showcase Series: In with the New!, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (musical director) (2013, 31 January, 1-2 February). National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand 'Going Places' Concert Tour, with Byron (Buzz) Newton, Roxburgh, Invercargill, & Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor), Petersen, T. (violin), & Ritchie, A. (bell) (2013, 18 April). Department of Music: Britten 100 Festival: "Young Britten": Britten Festival String Orchestra, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (conductor) (2013, 21 May). Dunedin Youth Orchestra Concert: Europe and Back Again, featuring Sam Vennell (double bass), works by Larsson, Verdi, Bizet, Faure, Williams, Drummond, Lilburn, and Albinoni, Knox Church, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance].

Adams, P. (musical director) (2012, 24, 26, 27 July). National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand, Dandelion School, Fengtai District Children's Palace, and the Imperial Palace, Beijing, China. [Performance].

Adams, P. (clarinet), Cornish, N. (oboe), Petersen, T. (violin), & van Buskirk, J. (piano) (2011, 18 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: New Zealand Composers Concert, featuring works by Anthony Ritchie, Chris Adams & Peter Adams, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

McGrath, T. (piano), Moore, E. (euphonium), van Buskirk, J. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), Dennis, T. (piano), & Adams, P. (recorder) (2010, 19 May). Department of Music Showcase Series: Dunedin Pictures: New Music by Local Composers, works by Anthony Ritchie, Peter Adams, Chris Adams and John Drummond, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Ritchie, A. (conductor), Petersen, T. (violin), & Adams, P. (clarinet) (2010, 25 August). Department of Music Showcase Series: The Soldier's Tale, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Adams, P. (conductor), & Claman, S. (violin) (2009, 23 September). Dunedin Youth Orchestra Spring Concert: Works by Brahms, Haydn, and Sibelius, Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Bellingham, J. (soprano), Dennis, T. (piano), Petersen, T. (violin), & Adams, P. (clarinet) (2009, 16 September). Department of Music Showcase Series: Judy Bellingham: Celebrating 40 Years on Stage, Marama Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Adams, P. (conductor) (2008, 12 January). Waitaki Summer Music Camp Concert, Waitaki Boys' High School Auditorium, Oamaru, New Zealand.

Adams, P. (conductor) (2007, 16 February). Last Night of the Proms, featuring Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Adams, P. (conductor) (2007, 24 March). Southern Pride: Dunedin Heritage Festival Concert, featuring Trevor Coleman's symphony 'Equator: Circle of Life' in collaboration with Natural History New Zealand, Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Adams, P. (conductor) (2006, 18 February). Last Night of the Proms, with Deborah Wai Kapohe (soprano) and Afra Su (piano), Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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Composition / Musical Score

Adams, P. (2015). Breath of Souls: Five Waiata (2012-2014), for solo flute. Wellington, New Zealand: Promethean Editions [Published score]. [Composition/Musical Score].

Adams, P. (2010). Taiaroa Head for concert band. Written for Errol Moore and the Otago Symphonic Band.

Adams, P. (2008). Jubilate!, written for the Otago Symphonic Band.

Adams, P. (2007). Concerto Burlesca, commissioned by Kevin A LeFohn, Steve Miles and St Kilda Brass for performance in St Kilda Brass' Southern Victorian Charitable Trust Concert Series.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Adams, P. (2011). The new brass band: Stylistic pluralism and local vernacular. In D. Bendrups & G. Downes (Eds.), Dunedin soundings: Place and performance. (pp. 115-130). Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press.

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