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Jacquelyn Adams

Jacquelyn Adams is the principal horn of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, principal horn of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, and is fulfilling a one-year appointment as third horn of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and principal horn of the Mobile Opera Orchestra. Adams has performed as substitute principal horn with the Delaware Symphony, Reading Symphony, and the Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra; additional orchestral experience includes the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Jacquelyn made her international debut as the featured performer of Canada’s Sixth International Horn Day 2012 at York University. That same year she was a regional soloist at the Mid-South Horn Workshop and also presented “Playing Outside the Lines: Creating and Marketing Your Own Horn Niche” at the International Horn Symposium 44. More recently, Adams performed as the soloist with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra.


A New York City resident for six years, Adams has performed with a variety of artists and ensembles such as the Gary Morgan Pan-Americana Big Band, Jones Factor Big Band, Gato Loco, Kanye West, and Luciano Pavarotti. Broadway experience includes Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, West Side Story, Lion King, and Legally Blonde. Television and movie appearances include CBS’s “The Early Show,” Disney’s “Step Up 3D,” and BET’s Music Awards 2007. A former member of Genghis Barbie (Jungle Barbie), Jacquelyn made her radio debut LIVE on WFMU Radio’s “Seven Second Delay,” placed 3rd in WNYC’s “Battle of the Boroughs,” and performed with the quartet at both the International Horn Symposium 43 (2011) and the Northeast Horn Workshop (2011).


Recordings include Genghis Barbie’s self-titled debut album, David Byrne and St. Vincent’s “Love This Giant,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion,” and Aaron Copland’s “Clarinet Concerto” featuring clarinetist David Singer with Boston-based chamber ensemble A Far Cry. She also records regularly for NFL Films. Music festivals include Bard Summerscape Opera Festival, Opera Festival of New Jersey, American Institute of Musical Studies Festival at Graz, and the Colorado College Summer Festival. Adams has gained faculty experience teaching at the City University of New York Lehman College, Darton State College, and Troy University. She presently enjoys teaching as faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi and also at Kendall Betts Horn Camp in Lyman, New Hampshire.


Adams attended the University of North Texas and earned a Bachelors Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, Masters Degree from Yale University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Primary horn teachers include Jerome Ashby, Myron Bloom, Ellen Dinwiddie-Smith, Greg Hustis, Dr. Jim Irwin, William Purvis, and Dr. William Scharnberg.