Adam Himes has been passionate about music since he was a young boy. Adam began studying piano at age 6, added violin at age 10 and started composing when he was 12. During middle school and high school, he studied composition with Philip Rothman in New York City.
From 2005-2010, Adam participated in the New York Youth Symphony Making Score composition program on a merit scholarship, where he studied with Derek Bermel and Anna Clyne. In 2010, Adam received the Derek Bermel Director's Award for Commitment and Achievement in Composition from the New York Youth Symphony.
In the summer of 2008, Adam was a student in the Young Artists Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where he studied with Martin Amlin. In the summer of 2009, Adam was the only high school composition student at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he studied with David Crumb and Don Freund. Adam returned to the Bowdoin International Music Festival in the summer of 2010 (once again as the only high school student), where he studied with Samuel Adler and Claude Baker. Adam's solo viola piece "…But a Dream" was selected to be performed at Bowdoin's Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, which honored George Crumb and included pieces by him and his protégés. In the summer of 2011, Adam attended the Atlantic Music Festival, where he studied with George Tsontakis, David Ludwig and Andrew Thomas, among others. In 2011, Adam was also an intern at the Other Minds Festival of New Music, where he worked under the instruction of Charles Amirkhanian and Adam Fong. During the winter of 2012, Adam was a resident composer at the Banff Arts Centre. During the summer of 2012, Adam worked for Alarm Will Sound where he was credited as Assistant Production Manager.
Adam has had his work performed by the Ethel String Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Orchestra, the Bronx Arts Ensemble, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra and principals the New York Youth Symphony, among others.
Adam was a Finalist in the 2011 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his piece "Memories, or: How to Build a Quilt at the End of the Western World" and in the 2009 Awards for his orchestral work "On Failure and Triumph."
Adam currently attends the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for composition under the instruction of Lewis Nielson, where he received a Conservatory Dean's Scholarship Award. He also attends Oberlin College, where he studies creative writing. Adam is a member of ASCAP and Society of Composers Inc.
Check out Adam's website: adamhimes.com
released May 18, 2011