Dr. Allison Adams is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber groups, presents master classes, and
teaches a course in instrumental methods for music education students. She has also served on the faculties of Ithaca College and Cornell University in upstate New York. In addition, she is an instructor at the Nief-Norf Summer Festival, celebrating contemporary music. Her non-collegiate teaching experience includes directing elementary and middle school band, and teaching private woodwind and piano lessons.
Dr. Adams has performed with the Knoxville Symphony and been featured in recitals at the University of Tennessee, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ, the North American
Saxophone Alliance Conference, Northwestern University, Ithaca College, Western Carolina University, Cornell University, the Northeast Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and the Syracuse, NY recital series, “Civic Morning Musicals.” She
is the tenor player in the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet that has toured both nationally and abroad.
An avid proponent of new music for the saxophone, Dr. Adams actively commissions composers to write for the instrument. Works she has commissioned include "Flames will Grow" by
Dominick DiOrio and "Rumination and Manifestation" by Keane Southard, both premiered during the 2013-2014 school year. More recently, Adams has co-commissioned two new works for the saxophone with professional consortiums, one working with upstate New York composer Gregory Wanamaker to write a piece entitled "Of Light and Shadows", and the other with South Florida composer Baljinder Sekhon to write a piece called "Sonata of Puzzles."
Besides her study of the saxophone, Adams’ main area of research centers around performance injuries, wellness for
musicians, and the integration of yoga into music performance. A chapter on her own experience with performance injury is available in the collection "Notes of Hope," published by Mountain Peak Music. She also authored an essay on yoga for musicians, which can be found in the multi-media resource "Cross Training for Musicians" (available through Mountain Peak Music as well). She has taught several “Yoga for Musicians” courses for students ranging from High School to College.
Dr. Adams holds a B.M. in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College, a M.M. in Music Performance from the
University of Minnesota, and a D.M.A. from Arizona State University. Her main saxophone teachers have included Steven Mauk, Eugene Rousseau, and Timothy McAllister.