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Adam Snow

Winthrop University
Director of Percussion Studies
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Dr. Adam Snow is the Director of Percussion Studies at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and is on the adjunct faculty at Davidson College in Davidson, NC. 

Over the years, Adam has had the opportunity to perform with jazz masters such as Chick Corea, Cyrus Chestnut, Russell Malone, Adam Larson, and Maria Howell, New Orleans funk legend George Porter Jr. of The Meters, celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, Grammy-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval, South African Kora master Pops Mohamed, Guinean Djembefolas Bolokada Conde and  Mohamed Da Costa, Shona mbira visionary Chartwell Dutiro, Afro-Cuban percussion virtuosos Jesus Diaz and Michael Spiro, and the late, great 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, Keith Carlock, and Melvin Seals, among others. Green Light's albums are available via iTunes. 

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. The Chicago Sun-Times puts them at “the heights of world music sophistication" and Jazz Times magazine calls them “weird, wonderful, unorthodox, and delightful.”  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 travel and perform with Matuto in Europe, South America, Canada, and from coast to coast in the United States.

As an in-demand player in the Charlotte, NC region, Adam has performed with many organizations 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 (SC) Jazz Collective, 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 Percussive Arts Society, Jazz Educators Network, The Society for Ethnomusicology, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He is a contributor to the Percussive Arts Society's journal Percussive Notes.