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Adam Schumaker

Kalamazoo, MI         

Adam Schumaker’s compositional style still lies somewhere in the nebulous definition of post-tonal tonality & post-minimalist commercially pop driven art music . Schumaker’s compositions are influenced by the scope of the project, the mission, the collaborator, and the surroundings. Most of the time, pragmatic decisions drive creation. Philosophically, Adam believes there is no “right way” to compose… rather, there is just a more effective way, dependent on the task at hand.

Adam began writing songs in high school and never turned back. His early songs had complex structures and interesting tonal relationships, so his habit naturally grew into a B.A. in Music from Principia College, where he focused on trumpet performance and composition, and then an M.M. in Composition from Western Michigan University, where he met his wife and focused on falling in love. He is still in love so something must have clicked during that time.

One time, Phillip Glass and Terry Riley stole a seat that Schumaker had purchased a ticket for. He just shrugged and just sat next to them.

Another time, Adam’s compositions were played on a hospital bed designed by Stryker for Intensive Care Unit’s. He really wants to experience the playback on location, but not that much.

Recently projects include the world premieres of “six inspirations for piano & little synth” performed by Cassandra Kaczor, and “piano trio no. 1” performed by Ahmed Anzaldua, Joanna Steinhauser, and David Peshlakai at the January 15th concert “An Auditory Inconvenience” at Kalamazoo College.

Schumaker is the Director of Education for The Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and is an indefinitely-visiting professor of music theory and composition at Kalamazoo College.

Articles by Adam Schumaker:

NewMusicBox August 7 2019 | By Adam Schumaker
Artist Financial Profile: loadbang

A discussion with Executive Director Andy Kozar

NewMusicBox May 15 2019 | By Adam Schumaker
Artist Financial Profile: Dr. Lisa Neher, Composer & Performer

Adam Schumaker is back with another case study of a musician’s income—the next small chapter in an evolving theoretical Guide to Musician Finances. This time he speaks with Lisa Neher,...

NewMusicBox March 7 2019 | By Adam Schumaker
Artist Financial Profile: Tony Manfredonia, Game Music and Orchestral Composer

There is no one way to make a living in music. But knowledge is power, so Adam Schumaker has recruited some amazing musicians who have generously agreed to openly discuss...

NewMusicBox June 26 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 104: Post Stream, Graphics, Licensing, and Live Streaming Through Collaboration

Adam Schumaker wraps up his four-part live streaming primer with a discussion covering post-stream content benefits, licensing agreements, and some encouragement to think beyond the scope of what you are...

NewMusicBox June 19 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 103: DIY Live Stream Tech

This week, Adam Schumaker continues his series primer on live streaming with a review of the basic technical requirements, but without diving in so deep that you get lost. By...

NewMusicBox June 11 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 102: Hosting, Preparing, and Advertising Your Live Stream

Make it easy for your existing audience and your potential fans to find your live video by hosting it where they gather, and linking the video to as many other...

NewMusicBox June 4 2018 | By Adam Schumaker
Live Streaming 101: Why Live Stream?

When Adam Schumaker jumped into live streaming in 2013, he had no idea what he was doing. He’s since gained experience managing small professional teams of videographers and audio engineers,...