The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys (under the direction of Jeremy Filsell) will be including What Songs Were Sung (SATB) as part of their Lessons and Carols and Christmas day services in 2019. Listen to a recording of the piece here.
Also in December 2019, the Greenwich Choral Society (under the direction of Paul F. Mueller) will be premiering a new holiday commission written for the group - a setting of Tennyson's Ring Out, Wild Bells. More details here!
Black is the Color (SSAA) is available at Walton Music! Published under the choral series of Dr. Amanda Quist the University of Miami, this arrangement was also chosen for JW Pepper's Editor's choice list for 2019.
He Came All So Still (SATB) is now available through Gentry Publications! It has also been included in JW Pepper's Editor's choice list for 2019.
Choral composer, arranger, singer, and pianist Nathaniel Adams uses his vast performance experience in contemporary music, Anglican chant, renaissance/baroque masterworks, a cappella and vocal jazz to create music that is accessible, surprising and emotionally charged.
Nathaniel’s works have quickly made their way around the international choral scene - performed in the USA, Canada, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Venezuela. He holds the position of composer in residence with the St. Charles Singers (Jeff Hunt, director) and has received commissions from groups such as Manhattan Chorale, the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys under John Scott, Home Free, Cantamus of Iowa State University, Ringmasters, and The World Youth Choir.
Most recently, The St. Charles Singers commissioned a 4-movement work for SATB choir and jazz piano - Lux Brumalis - for their annual Candlelight Carols concert. With Nathaniel at the piano, the piece was well received and was selected for WFMT's new music broadcast. Before that, The Manhattan Chorale commissioned a new work from Adams - He Came All So Still - for their performance at Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center. In addition, the prestigious St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys on 5th Avenue commissioned Nathaniel’s first setting of the Anglican responses and have used them in the liturgy multiple times since their premiere in January of 2016. Shortly after, Nathaniel was commissioned to compose Love is Patient, a setting of Corinthians 13:4-18 written for SATB choir and acclaimed soprano, Sylvia McNair.
In addition to composing new works, Adams is also an accomplished arranger. His arrangement of Black is the Color gained traction among women’s choirs around the USA, and to date has been performed by Vox Musica (Daniel Paulson) at the ACDA National Convention, Cantus Femina (Dee Gauthier) at the NCCO Conference, Cantamus of Iowa State University (Kathleen Rodde), Shasta College (Elizabeth Waterbury), Glenbard West HS (Andy Jeffrey), Jenison HS Chorus (Les Rowsey), Augsburg College (Nancy Grundahl), Gettysburg College (Robert Vance), University of North Texas (Matthew Brady), Bowling Green University (Jessica Allen), Wisconsin Choral Directors Association All-State Choir (Kathleen Rodde), Juan Gorrin of Venezuela, Western Washington University (Natalia Luzuriaga) and Allendale HS (Emily Verdonk). Equally performed in the USA are his arrangements of Imagine, How Can I Keep from Singing, I Wonder as I Wander, O Holy Night, I Don’t Know Where I Stand, Over the Rainbow, The Star Spangled Banner and Je Vivrai Sans Toi.
The breadth of styles in Adams' vocabulary is a direct product of his history as a choral performer. Nathaniel is currently a proud member of the Choir of Men and Boys at St. Thomas Church on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, Pomerium (specializing in early music) and Early Music New York (works pre-1700). He has also sung with groups such as Ekmeles, Dwende, The Chamber Choir of Europe, and the World Youth Choir - and has fun and loving memories of his days on the road in an a cappella “boy band”: The Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band. He holds a B.A. in Music from Western Michigan University where he studied under Dr. Steve Zegree and sang in their prestigious vocal jazz group, Gold Company. Nathaniel currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.