<August 2019>
Adam Sadberry


African-American Orchestra Fellow

Adam Sadberry

Adam Sadberry, originally from Montgomery, TX, joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as the African American Orchestral Fellow in the fall of 2018. Adam holds a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. While at Eastman, he recorded with the Eastman Wind Ensemble as principal flute and went on tour with the Eastman Philharmonia as principal piccolo for a performance at Lincoln Center with Renée Fleming. He was also the recipient of the 2017 Eastman/Links Scholarship.

Adam’s orchestral experience includes performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Albany Symphony, Texas Festival Orchestra (at the Roundtop Festival Institute), American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and the World Youth Symphony Orchestra (at the Interlochen Arts Camp). Solo performances include collaboration with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra, the Clear Lake Symphony, and the Conroe Symphony.

Through National Public Radio’s popular classical music program From the Top, Adam is a Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist and has received awards and recognition in competitions from organizations including the U.S. Army Band "Pershing’s Own", YoungArts, National Association of Negro Musicians, and the Houston Symphony League. In April 2018, Adam was a featured guest on WXXI’s Backstage Pass.

Adam was an intern at the Eastman Community Music School during the 2017-2018 academic year, where he taught private lessons and coordinated the Practice Buddies Program. Prior to that, he held an instructor position at the Baylor Flute Seminar and the Southeast Asia Music Festival. Adam’s future goals include establishing a summer music program for minorities that provides opportunities and resources needed to flourish in today’s musical market.

Adam’s flute instructors have included Bonita Boyd, Anne Harrow, Jennifer Keeney, Vicky Williamson, Sandra Benke, and Bob Price.