Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Snow, Adam

Name:  Adam Snow
Title:  Assistant Professor of Music
Education:  D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.M., Percussion Performance, Winthrop University
B.M.E., Winthrop University  
Office:  115 Conservatory of Music   
Phone:  803/323-2255 or 803-517-4994
Web:  Adam Snow website  
Area(s):  Applied Percussion, Drum Set, Percussion Methods, Percussion Literature, & Percussion Ensemble


College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Dr. Adam Snow is the Director of Percussion Studies at Winthrop University. He is an active performer throughout the Southeast and is also on the adjunct music faculty at Davidson College. In addition, he is a faculty member with Jazz Arts Initiative, a non-profit organization that works with gifted middle and high school students in the Charlotte metro area.

Modern Drummer magazine claims that "Snow has the right touch for all of the grooves, whether evoking the spirit of Hendrix, Miles, or The Meters." Over the years, he has had the opportunity to perform with jazz masters such as Chick Corea, Cyrus Chestnut, and Russell Malone, funk legend George Porter Jr. of The Meters, celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, South African Kora Master Pops Mohamed, West African Djembéfola Mohamed Da Costa, Shona Mbira visionary Chartwell Dutiro, Afro-Cuban percussion virtuosos Jesus Diaz and Michael Spiro, and Clarence "Big Man" Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
From 2002 to 2008, Snow toured the United States with the modern jazz trio called Green Light. The band's four albums were met with critical acclaim and during his tenure with Green Light, Snow shared the stage with artists such as John Scofield, Charlie Hunter, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Wayne Krantz, Jimmy Herring, Michael Landau, Keith Carlock, and Melvin Seals, among others.
In 2013, Adam began touring with the New York City based band Matuto. The self-proclaimed "pioneers of Brazilian Bluegrass" blend elements of forró from the Northeast of Brazil with Americana, Old Time, and Bluegrass. Jazz Times magazine calls them "weird, wonderful, unorthodox, and delightful" and The Chicago Sun-Times puts them at "the heights of world music sophistication." Through the U.S. State Department's American Musicians Abroad (AMA) program, Matuto has traveled the globe as ambassadors for American culture and Adam has had the opportunity to tour and perform with Matuto in Europe, South America, Canada, and across the United States.

As an in-demand player in the region, Snow has performed with groups such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina, Carolinas Wind Orchestra, Davidson Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Arts Initiative, Children's Theater of Charlotte, Blumenthal Performing Arts, Greenville Jazz Collective, York County Choral Society, and Carolina Voices.
Adam received a Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degree from Winthrop University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Snow is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Jazz Educators Network, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Percussive Arts Society and currently serves on the PAS World Percussion Committee. He endorses Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.

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