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Adrianna Tam, Conductor


Adrianna Tamm

Adrianna L. Tam is a DMA candidate pursuing doctoral studies in choral conducting under Prof. Jerry Blackstone. In addition to her appointment with the Arts Chorale, she assists with choral conducting and choral methods instruction.

Ms. Tam recently returned to the US after living in Germany & Austria where she studied both the German language and choral conducting. In 2013, Ms. Tam received a CBYX Fellowship (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange) to study in Weimar, Germany. Following her fellowship she moved to Graz, Austria and graduated with distinction from the University of Music and Performing Arts (MA, Choral Conducting) under the tutelage of Prof. Johannes Prinz (Wiener Singverein). In Austria, she held positions as choir director at the historic Stadtpfarrkirche and as vocal coach and assistant for "Vocalforum Graz," the region's premiere chamber choir.

An accomplished singer, Ms. Tam has been awarded choral fellowships with the Lucerne Festival Academy, the Junge Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, performing under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Hans-Christoph Rademann and Simon Carrington.

Ms. Tam also holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SB, Music) and the Yale School of Music (MMus, Choral Conducting), where she served as assistant conductor of the Yale Glee Club. She is the winner of the 2011 MIT Louis Sudler Prize for the Arts and the 2013 Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize.

Suzanna Mathews, Assistant Conductor

Assistant Conductor

Suzanna Mathews

Suzanna Mathews is serving as the Arts Chorale assistant conductor. She graduated in 2014 from Wheaton College in Illinois with a bachelor's degree in Music Pedagogy. During her time at Wheaton, she had the privilege of studying conducting with John Trotter and Paul Wiens, and voice with Gerard Sundberg. After graduating, she continued her vocal training with Carolyn Hart, and spent her time singing with the St. Charles Singers under Jeff Hunt, serving as a private voice teacher with Bellas Artes School of Music and St. Francis High School, and assistant conducting the children's choir at Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton. She also had the wonderful opportunity to form and conduct her own choir comprised of Wheaton College students and alumni.

Suzanna is currently a first year masters student at University of Michigan, where she studies choral conducting under Dr. Jerry Blackstone. Originally from New Jersey, she always found the greatest joy in making music with others, particularly in her small homeschooled choir led by Daurine P. Shippey. She is constantly rediscovering the miracle that is choral music, and is grateful to be with the Michigan Arts Chorale this year.