Location: California, USA
Dr. Adam Jonathan Con is a conductor, a visionary, a respected teacher of conducting, and a leader in the advocacy of music education. A native of Vancouver and a third generation Chinese Canadian, his holistic approach to choral music through a unique blend of kinesthetic whole body movement and eastern philosophy continues to inspire singers of all ages in mind, body and spirit. His motto is "Music is more than notes in motion; music is notes in Emotion."
Dr. Con is currently Assistant Professor of Music at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach serving as the Director of Choral Music Education, and conductor of the University Choir. His duties include teaching Elementary Music Methods, Choral Conducting, Choral Organization, Choral Literature, and Choral Rehearsal Techniques in addition to supervising student teaching. Prior to his appointment at CSULB, Dr. Con worked at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio and Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia in a similar capacity.
Dr. Con earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (Secondary Instrumental and Choral) and a Master's Degree in Music Education (Elementary) from the University of British Columbia. At Florida State University, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (Choral Conducting Emphasis) studying with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, Clifford Madsen and Judy Bowers. Dr. Con is also certified in Orff Schulwerk.
In high demand in the United States and Canada both as a guest conductor and choral conducting teacher, Dr. Con has been invited to present and conduct at prestigious events such as the American National Orff-Schulwerk Conference, the Canadian National Choral Conducting Symposium, the Canadian National GALA Conference, the Canadian National Orff-Schulwerk Conference, the Alberta Provincial Music Educator's Conference, the British Columbia Provincial Music Educator's Conference, the British Columbia Choral Federation, the Alberta Choral Federation, the Calgary Orff chapter, the Savannah Orff chapter, the Ohio State Music Educator's Conference, the Georgia State American Choral Directors Association Conference, and the Georgia Music Educator's Conference.
His talent and ability to work with all levels of musical experience are grounded in 15 years of diverse K-12 public school music teaching which includes Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze based general music, French immersion music, middle and secondary school choral, vocal jazz, concert band and jazz band. His professional conducting experiences include numerous All-State and honor choirs, civic orchestras, professional musical theatre, community choirs, concert bands, and 34 years as a church choir director and organist.