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About William J. Adams

Bill J. Adams, D.M.A., is an associate professor who coordinates the performing and visual arts programs in the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at Nova Southeastern University's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. He is an Estill Voice International Certified Master Teacher, as well as an art song specialist, opera and musical theatre performer, and arts administrator. Dr. Adams is a principal investigator for Music Counts: A Specialized Treatment Program for Children with Autism, which is a collaborative research project sponsored by the President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Adams has presented healthy belting workshops at the Southeastern Theatre Conferences, the Florida Theatre Conferences, and the Florida State Thespian Conferences. Another area of interest is performance formats for art song recitals, and most recently, he presented MTV Meets Franz Schubert – Liminal Observation of Multidisciplinary Performance at the College Music Society International Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Specializing in character work, he premiered the role of Ariel in The Rape of the Lock and sang Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and Goro in Madama Butterfly while living in New York. Regional credits include Ciccio in Most Happy Fella with William Michals and Jessica Hershberg at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Loutzenheiser the mad trapper in Cannibal: the Musical with the Promethean Theatre, Mike in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Opera Theatre of Pittsburg, the Mayor in Albert Herring with Orlando Opera Company, and Zangara in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins with Orlando Civic Theatre.

As an arts administrator, Dr. Adams serves on panels which recommend funding for Broward Cultural Division’s Cultural Investment Program, the Cultural Diversity Program, and the Cultural Tourism Program. He has been the artistic director of the Renaissance City Men’s and Women’s Choirs as well as South Florida Chorale Arts, Inc. 

Positions

2011 - Present Art Administration Major Chair, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
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2010 - Present Coordinator of Performing and Visual Arts, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
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2008 - Present Music Major Chair, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
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2007 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Communications, Media, and the Arts
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2011 - 2014 Musical Theatre Major Chair, Nova Southeastern University
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2005 - 2007 Private Voice Instructure, Point Park University ‐ Conservatory of Performing Arts
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2004 - 2007 Artistic Director, Renaissance City Choirs
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2006 Private Voice Instructor, Carnegie Mellon University ‐ Pre-college Musical Theatre Division
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2003 - 2005 Instructor of Voice, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
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1999 - 2002 Artistic Director, South Florida Choral Arts, Inc.
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1998 - 2002 Assistant Professor of Music, Barry University
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1998 - 2002 Bachelor of Music Degree Program Development, Barry University
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1998 - 2002 Director, Barry University ‐ Musical Threatre Program
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1997 - 1998 Adjunct Professor of Music, Barry University
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1997 - 1998 Assistant Conductor of Musical Theatre Productions, Barry University
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1994 - 1995 Adjunct Faculty, Valencia Community College
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1992 - 1995 Industry Professional, Orlando Opera Company ‐ Opera Outreach Programs and Workshops
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1992 - 1995 Resident Artist, Orlando Opera Company
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1989 - 1990 Box Office Manager, University of Kentucky
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1987 - 1990 Faculty Member, University of Kentucky ‐ Voice Class for Actors
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1987 - 1990 Vocal Director for Musical Theatre Productions, University of Kentucky
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1987 - 1989 Assistant Box Office Manager, University of Kentucky
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Member, Broward Cultural Division’s Cultural Investment Program
Member, College Music Society
Member, Estill Voice International, LLC
Member, FHEAN (Florida Higher Education Arts Network)
Member, Florida Theatre Conference
Presenter, MTV Meets Franz Schubert – Liminal Observation of Multidisciplinary Performance
Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing
Member, Southeastern Theatre Conference
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Honors and Awards

  • 2017-2018 Professor of the Year
  • (2014) Faculty Merit Award - Service, Nova Southeastern University
  • (2013) Faculty Merit Award - Service, Nova Southeastern University
  • (2012) Faculty Merit Award - Service, Scholarship, Teaching, Nova Southeastern University
  • Professional Development Award, Barry University
  • Extra Gold Award - Best Duo, Barry University
  • GLCC Stars of the Rainbow - Best Musical Organization, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Scholarship Recipient, Orlando Opera Studio

Courses

  • Introduction to Arts Administration
  • Advanced Arts Administration
  • Musical Theatre Performance
  • Advanced Musical Theatre Performance
  • Senior Seminar (online)
  • Beginning Voice Class
  • Intermediate Voice Class
  • Music Through History (traditional classroom and online)
  • American Popular Music
  • Theatre Laboratory (Baby: the Musical, Ruthless)
  • Ensemble (Choral and Instrumental)

Education

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1998 D.M.A., Vocal Performance, University of Miami
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1992 M.M., Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky
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1988 B.M., Vocal Performance, University of Kentucky
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Contact Information

(954) 262-8025

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