Jacquelyn C. Adams

Assistant Professor of Horn

Jacquelyn Adams is one of the most exciting performers on the horn today. “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 International Horn Society’s journal The Horn CallThe 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 plays principal horn with the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Meridian Symphony Orchestra, and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra; she is also third horn with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Additional orchestral experience includes performances with the IRIS Orchestra, Metropolitan Ballet Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Albany Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic. Adams has performed as the featured guest at Canada’s Sixth International Horn Day, The Cusco Music Festival, and with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has premiered multiple solos for horn including Solomento by Charles Waters, 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 BeastSouth PacificWest Side StoryLion 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 has also recorded multiple times 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 a faculty member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp. She is also a brass technician with the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps. Previous teaching positions include faculty experience at City University of New York Lehman College, Darton State College, Troy University, and University of West 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.