Bill J. Adams, D.M.A., is an associate professor who coordinates the performing and visual arts programs in the Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts at Nova Southeastern University's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. He is an Estill Voice International Certified Master Teacher, as well as an art song specialist, opera and musical theatre performer, and arts administrator. Dr. Adams is a principal investigator for Music Counts: A Specialized Treatment Program for Children with Autism, which is a collaborative research project sponsored by the President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Adams has presented healthy belting workshops at the Southeastern Theatre Conferences, the Florida Theatre Conferences, and the Florida State Thespian Conferences. Another area of interest is performance formats for art song recitals, and most recently, he presented MTV Meets Franz Schubert – Liminal Observation of Multidisciplinary Performance at the College Music Society International Conference in Helsinki, Finland.
Specializing in character work, he premiered the role of Ariel in The Rape of the Lock and sang Vašek in The Bartered Bride, Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte, and Goro in Madama Butterfly while living in New York. Regional credits include Ciccio in Most Happy Fella with William Michals and Jessica Hershberg at Palm Beach Dramaworks, Loutzenheiser the mad trapper in Cannibal: the Musical with the Promethean Theatre, Mike in William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge with Opera Theatre of Pittsburg, the Mayor in Albert Herring with Orlando Opera Company, and Zangara in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins with Orlando Civic Theatre.
As an arts administrator, Dr. Adams serves on panels which recommend funding for Broward Cultural Division’s Cultural Investment Program, the Cultural Diversity Program, and the Cultural Tourism Program. He has been the artistic director of the Renaissance City Men’s and Women’s Choirs as well as South Florida Chorale Arts, Inc.