Adam Neeley began playing the viola in in the Fairfield schools at age nine. Through high school he studied privately with Gerald R. Doan in Cincinnati, Ohio, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Roland Vamos. This spring, he completed his first year of a three year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida. At New World, Adam performs orchestral, chamber, and solo concerts and has served as principal viola under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, while remaining committed to teaching and performing outreach concerts throughout South Florida. In past seasons Mr. Neeley has also served as the principal violist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and as a substitute with the Milwaukee Symphony.
In August, Adam will begin his tenure in the viola section of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, Wisconsin under music director Victor Yampolsky. During past summers, he has attended the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, and Tanglewood Music Center, serving as principal viola of the festival orchestras and studying with several of the country’s foremost violists and chamber music coaches.
Adam served as principal viola in the Cincinnati Junior Strings, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Community Orchestra. He appeared as soloist in Mozart’s “Symphonie Concertante” with CCO during its 50th Anniversary Concert in 2004. Adam plays a 1930 Italian viola by Vincenzo Cavani.