Journal of Singing Editorial Board

Andrew Adams

Dr. Andrew Adams is an Associate Professor of Music at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. He earned the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Kansas City Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joanne Baker. His Master of Music in Vocal Coaching and Accompanying is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was a student of John Wustman, the accompanist of such acclaimed singers as Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, and Renata Scotto. In April 2005, he completed his Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder where his mentor was pianist Robert Spillman.

For six summers (1996-2001) he was a vocal coach at the Utah Festival Opera in Logan, Utah. Dr. Adams served as Vocal Coach and Director of Collaborative Piano at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, from 2003 to 2006. An active accompanist and chamber musician, he has accompanied recitals throughout the United States and in Russia.

Co-authored with Dr. Bradley Martin, his first book is entitled Hanon Restored: Charles-Louis Hanon’s Five-finger Exercises Restored to His Original Design (Stipes Publishing, March 2011). Prepared with Dr. Travis Bennett, Camille Saint-Saëns Morceau de concert in F major for Horn and Orchestra, Opus 94: A Critically Revised Performing Edition for Horn and Piano is distributed by Randall Faust Publishing. His latest book, Sergei Rachmaninoff School of Musicianship and Technique, is available from

Dr. Adams is the author of more than a dozen articles and reviews in such journals as Piano Professional (England), The American Music Teacher, The Journal of Singing, The Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music, and The North Carolina Music Educator. Since 2008 he has served on the editorial board of The Journal of Singing, the official publication of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and was appointed editor of its online index in the fall of 2011. Beginning in 2013, Adams began a continuing column for Piano Professional (United Kingdom) exploring scientific research into piano performance.

A nationally and internationally recognized scholar, Adams and colleague Dr. Bradley Martin were among only a dozen researchers chosen from around the world to present a paper in Copenhagen at the 2011 Research Conference of the International Edvard Grieg Society. He has also presented at the Conference of the International Alliance for Women in Music in Flagstaff (2011); the College Music Society National Conferences in Richmond (2011), Minneapolis (2010), and (2008); the National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Salt Lake City (2010); the International Horn Conference at Western Illinois University (2008) and Memphis (2013); and at the Athena National Conference on Women in Music in Murray, Kentucky (2008).