His potential is tremendous, with a well developed craft and extensive
imagination – he will only continue to expand as a composer.



HeadshotJoseph Z. Adams (1978) is a Tuscaloosa, Alabama based composer who has written for a variety of mediums ranging from stage to concert hall. Joe is slowly gaining national recognition, as he was an invited Composition Fellow at the following music festivals: The 2016 Charlotte New Music and Wyoming Festivals, and the 2017 New Music on the Bayou and Snow Pond Music Festivals. World renowned flutist, Cobus du Toit, recently invited him to participate in the #WeBringFlowers project – a concert series with composers reacting to the violence in today’s society. Joe will be composing a work for bass flute and piano, expressing his feelings on illegal shark finning. #WeBringFloweres debuts in June of 2018, and includes a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Joe has received numerous performances of his orchestral music and has been interviewed on NPR. Other notable achievements include premieres by the Hartt School Double Bass Ensemble, the JACK String Quartet, and Bent Frequency. Joe earned his B.M. at New York University, his M.M. at the Hartt School of Music, and has had additional private lessons with Edward Jacobs, Joel Hoffman, and Alex Shapiro. After beginning his DMA in Composition at the University of Alabama, he transferred to their Master of Fine Arts Program, with a focus on Arts Management.

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