Adam Alter


Adam Alter is originally from Brooklyn New York. He has a BFA in clarinet performance from the University of Buffalo and a Masters in clarinet performance from the Brooklyn College Conservatory. His principle clarinet teachers include, Leon Russianoff and James Pyne. He also studied with Edward Yadzinsky and John Moses on clarinet and saxophone, as well as Dennis Smylie and James Ognibene on bass clarinet.

His performing experience includes bass clarinet positions with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Goldman Memorial Band and The New Sousa Band where he has recorded on the Delos label. As an orchestral musician he has performed under the baton of many notable conductors including Morton Gould, Leonard Smith, Ainsle Cox, Bob Black and Keith Brion. Mr. Alter has won several competitions and received favorable reviews from Jon Pareles of The New York Times and Tim Page who praised his Carnegie Recital Hall solo debut.

While living in South Carolina he performed on clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Greenville Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. He also worked with noted composer Meira Warshauer and performed the world premier of a transcription of her work "In Memoriam September 11, 2001" for clarinet and bass clarinet.

Mr. Alter is currently director of bands at Ridgeway High School in Memphis Tennessee, where he is pursuing a DMA in clarinet performance at the University of Memphis.

He is married to violinist Nancy Ditto and has two teenage children, Rosemary and Basil.

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