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Associate Professor Peter Adams

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Head of Music Programme – Semester 1
MMus(King’s College, London) MusB(Hons) (Otago)
Joined the staff in 1990

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