Scholarship recipients not only receive funds to further their music studies, but they also become part of the Music Doing Good family. They frequently update us on their accolades, college acceptances and other opportunities that deepen their love of music. When we received a recent update from Adam Sadberry, 2013 and 2014 scholarship recipient, we were blown away!
Originally from Montgomery, Texas, Adam began playing the piano at age seven and singing at church soon after – “the first moment I realized I loved music.” He moved on to the flute at age eleven.
Adam performed in his school band program all the way through graduation along with being the principal flutist and piccolo player of the Houston Youth Symphony for his last two years of high school. He vividly recalls performing the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra as a student at Interlochen and being “captivated by the intensity of all us performing together. It made me realize that nothing is more rewarding than teamwork.” Adam became the silver medalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition, and a performer on National Public Radio’s From the Top as a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist.
Adam now holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, he recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble as principal flute and went on tour with the Eastman Philharmonia as principal piccolo for a performance at Lincoln Center with Renée Fleming. He was also the recipient of the 2017 Eastman/Links Scholarship.
“Eastman absolutely radiates with community and support. I’ve definitely benefited from the close-knit community that exits here. This community extends through both social and musical activities meaning that playing chamber music here has been unbelievably fulfilling. I will be sad to go but excited to see how the connections I’ve made at school with affect my career as a whole. Attending Eastman has been a top-notch experience,” remarks Sadberry.
Adam’s latest big announcement is that he was selected by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as the African-American Orchestra Fellow and will perform regularly with the DSO at Orchestra Hall and in the community, receive mentorship from tenured musicians, and participate in mock auditions to gain experience in the competitive orchestra field.
Additionally, on April 20th, Adam won the regional round of the National Association of Negro Musicians Scholarship Competition (winds and percussion) in Philadelphia, and he will be competing in the finals in Las Vegas in July. He was also recently featured on WXXI’s Backstage Pass as a guest artist where he played a full program and was interviewed.
This summer, he will be playing participating in the Panoramic Flutist masterclass in Colorado, playing with the Detroit Symphony, and he will be fellow with the Vermont Mozart Festival in Burlington, VT.
Upon receiving this update, everyone at Music Doing Good was beaming with pride and admiration for this incredibly talented young man. This is what is possible when many communities rally to support someone so worthy!