Jacquelyn Adams is one of the most exciting performers on the horn today. “She not only has a career that covers the regular time-honored horn player pursuits – orchestra playing, university teaching, and freelancing – but she has other creative visions and abilities that are rare by themselves and practically unheard of in a professional horn player” -The Horn Call. Adams was featured as part of The Creative Hornist column in an interview titled “New Millennium Musician: A Jack(ie) of All Trades.”
Adams plays principal horn with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; she is also third horn with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Adams has performed as a featured guest soloist at Canada’s Sixth International Horn Day, The Cusco Music Festival, The White Mountains Music Festival, and with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. Her passion for innovating has led to multiple world premieres: Solomento by Charles Waters, Heavy Mettle by Wayne Lu, and Radiant Dances for horn and string orchestra by James Naigus.
Adams has performed with renowned artists representing an array of genres from Kanye West to Luciano Pavarotti. A former New York City resident, her on-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 founding member of the all-female pop horn quartet Genghis Barbie, Adams 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 the International Horn Symposium 43. 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 with grammy-nominated chamber ensemble A Far Cry; she has also recorded multiple times for NFL Films. Music festivals include Bard Summerscape Opera Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies Festival at Graz, and Colorado College Summer Festival.
Jacquelyn Adams is the Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Southern Mississippi and a faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Previous teaching experience was gained through positions held at City University of New York Lehman College, Darton State College, Troy University, and The University of West Florida. Adams attended the University of North Texas before earning 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.