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Acting Principal, The Marion Dugdale McClure Chair
Adam Sadberry is the newly appointed Acting Principal flutist of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as of fall 2019. Adam’s orchestral experience includes performances as principal flute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and as a guest section member in the Albany Symphony, Detroit Chamber Winds, New World Symphony, and the Omaha Symphony.
As a soloist, Adam has performed concerti with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, Clear Lake Symphony, Conroe Symphony, and the Detroit Chamber Orchestra as the result of both winning competitions and receiving invitations. He has received top awards and recognition in competitions from organizations including From the Top , Tal Perkes Flute Competition, U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own", YoungArts, National Association of Negro Musicians, Houston Symphony League, and Houston Flute Club, among others.
Adam is as passionate about music education as he is about performing; he is proud to work with the Memphis Music Initiative whose mission is to ‘[invest] in youth development through transformative music engagement, creating equitable opportunities for Black and Brown youth in Memphis.’ Previously, he has taught through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensemble Program and the Eastman Community Music School where he also coordinated the Practice Buddies Program. He has also held summer teaching positions at the Baylor Flute Seminar and the Southeast Asia Music Festival.
Before joining the MSO, Adam performed regularly with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as an African-American Orchestra Fellow during the 2018-2019 season. He began this position immediately after receiving his Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Adam is wholly indebted to all of his teachers and mentors who gave so generously including Bonita Boyd and Anne Harrow from Eastman, Amanda Blaikie, Jeff Zook, and Sharon Sparrow from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Jennifer Keeney, Sandra Benke, Bob Price and Vicky Williamson from high school.