Jacquelyn Adams is one of the most exciting performers on the horn today. Adams was recently featured in the International Horn Society’s journal, The Horn Call. “She not only has a career that covers the regular time-honored horn player pursuits – orchestra playing, university teaching, and freelancing - but she has other creative visions and abilities that are rare by themselves and practically unheard of in a professional horn player" (The Horn Call). The article was part of The Creative Hornist column in an interview titled "New Millennium Musician: A Jack(ie) of All Trades - Interview with Jacquelyn Adams.” Adams is the principal horn of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and third horn with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. As a soloist, Adams performed as the featured guest at The Sixth International Horn Day in Canada, The Cusco Music Festival, and with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has premiered multiple solos for horn including "Solomento" by Charles Waters and “Heavy Mettle” by Wayne Lu, and recently premiered “Radiant Dances” for horn and string orchestra by James Naigus with The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.
Adams has performed with world-renowned artists such as Kanye West, Luciano Pavarotti, and Mac McAnally. A former New York City resident, her on-Broadway experience includes Beauty and the Beast, South Pacific, West Side Story, Lion King, and Legally Blonde; television/movie appearances include CBS’s The Early Show, Disney’s Step Up 3D, and BET’s Music Awards 2007. A founding member of the all-female pop horn quartet Genghis Barbie, Adams made her radio debut LIVE on WFMU Radio’s Seven Second Delay, placed 3rd in WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs, and performed with the quartet at the International Horn Symposium 43. Recordings include Genghis Barbie’s self-titled debut album, David Byrne and St. Vincent’s Love This Giant, Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion, and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with grammy-nominated chamber ensemble A Far Cry; she also records for NFL Films. Music festivals include Bard Summerscape Opera Festival, American Institute of Musical Studies Festival at Graz, Colorado College Summer Festival, and The White Mountains Music Festival with The North Country Chamber Players.
Jacquelyn Adams is the Assistant Professor of Horn at The University of Southern Mississippi and is a faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Previous teaching experience includes positions at City University of New York Lehman College, Darton State College, Troy University, and The University of Northwest Florida. Adams attended the University of North Texas before earning a Bachelors Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, Masters Degree from Yale University, and Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Jacquelyn Adams studied horn with Jerome Ashby, Myron Bloom, Ellen Dinwiddie-Smith, Greg Hustis, Dr. Jim Irwin, William Purvis and Dr. William Scharnberg.
University of Southern Mississippi
KBHC Faculty: 2014-2018