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As an emerging saxophone artist, J. Adam Briggs has been an active performer throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada as a classical soloist, chamber musician, and jazz artist. He has presented performances for recital series, showcases, festivals, and national conferences including most recently at the 2011 United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium in Virginia and the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. Briggs has also given master classes and residencies in Maryland, Michigan, and Arizona and currently has a private studio ranging from middle school to high school students in the greater Lansing, Michigan area.
Briggs began serious musical studies with Paul Nolen and went on to study with the world-renowned saxophonists Timothy McAllister at the University of Arizona, Gary Louie at the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, and Joseph Lulloff, with whom he is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the 2012-2013 academic year. He has also had additional studies from and taken master classes with artists such as Kelland Thomas, Joe Burgstaller, Chris Botti, Brian Sacawa, James Umble, James Forger, and John Nichol. Briggs joined the Hope College Department of Music faculty in the fall of 2012 as instructor of saxophone.