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Adam Torres: A Musical Experience

October 16, 2007

In lieu of a well-deserved vacation, ASU music major Adam Torres spent part of his summer undergoing intensive training as a colleague at the prestigious Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in New York.

Regarded by many as the premier training ground for young conductors, the institute is a four-week course for music students from around the world. Participants undergo technique and musicianship training through lectures, score studies and rehearsals with symphony and chamber orchestras.

“The Conductor’s Institute was a great experience for me,” Torres said. “Working with conductors from all over the U.S. and with international students has given me a greater understanding of the orchestral scene on a global scale. There are very few places where young conductors spend so much time together improving their craft. We all learned so much from each other.”

One of the youngest colleagues at the institute, Torres, 22, worked with several internationally renowned conductors, including Maestro Harold Faberman, co-founder of the Conductor’s Guild, and with a number of contemporary composers like Tobias Picker and Joan Tower. His musical studies included master works by Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Mozart, Bernstein, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Verdi.

As a result of contacts made at the institute, Torres is preparing to appear as a guest conductor with Ars Musica in Toronto, Canada. He has also been asked to appear with the Oswego Community Youth Orchestra in New York.

“The institute was a great place to study with esteemed conductors with the opportunity to meet talented colleagues and contacts,” Torres said. “The music world is a small one and I’m sure I will run into many of my colleagues in the near future.”

Torres is also an active composer, with works slated to be performed by Ars Musica and the Portland Youth Orchestra. The ASU Ram Band has also programmed several of his arrangements.

Also an active musician, Torres has performed at many public schools, with the San Angelo Symphony and at several local and area churches. He recently accepted the position of organ scholar at First United Methodist Church. A master of the piano, cello and horn (commonly called French horn), he is also involved with almost all of the music ensembles at ASU.

Scheduled to graduate in 2009, Torres plans to pursue a master of music degree in orchestral conducting.