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Adam Schoenberg

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Adam Schoenberg


Adam Schoenberg (b. 15 November 1980, Northampton, Mass.) is a American composer and educator.

Dr. Schoenberg earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School as a student of John Corigliano and Robert Beaser. He also received his Master of Music degree from Juilliard and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Schoenberg was a 2009 and 2010 MacDowell Fellow, and also won the first prize for best brass quintet at the 2008 International Brass Chamber Music Festival. Other accolades include ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Juilliard’s Palmer-Dixon Prize for Most Outstanding Composition, and a Meet The Composer award. Recently [2017] named one of the Top 10 most performed living classical composers by orchestras in the United States, Adam Schoenberg’s music is “invigorating” (Los Angeles Times) and full of “mystery and sensuality” (The New York Times).

Schoenberg has received commissions from several major American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (Up! and La Luna Azul), the Kansas City Symphony (American Symphony and Picture Studies), and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Aspen Music Festival and School (Bounce). Other recent commissions include works for the New West Symphony, Soprano Alyson Cambridge and the Washington Performing Arts.

Beginning in the 2015-16 season, Schoenberg serves as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s composer-in-residence. Other upcoming projects include collaborations with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Iris Orchestra, Charleston, Amarillo, and Phoenix symphonies, and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra.

A committed educator, Schoenberg is on the composition faculty at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA. He has given lectures and master classes for the Young Presidents’ Organization, Atlanta Symphony, The Juilliard School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Blair School of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, among others. An accomplished and versatile film composer, Schoenberg has scored two feature-length films and several shorts. Highlights include, Graceland, co-written with his father, Steven Schoenberg, which premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and received its nationwide theatrical release in the spring of 2013.

Works for Winds


  • Adam Schoenberg website Accessed 22 February 2016
  • Adam Schoenberg, Wikipedia Accessed 22 February 2016
  • Higgins, Joseph. "American Symphony." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 679-696. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.
  • Talanca, Dominic. "Picture Studies." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 975-992. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.