Adam Roberts receives Farris Family Innovation Award
Dr. Adam Roberts, Assistant Professor of Music Composition, has received the Farris Family Innovation Award to fund the recording of recently composed and forthcoming works. He is one of two recipients of this fellowship in the College of the Arts. This prestigious award is given to tenure-track faculty who are not yet tenured to support their research endeavors. Funding is provided for up to three years, totaling $24,000.
“I will put the money toward producing an album of works composed since coming to Kent State,” said Dr. Roberts. “For example, I just finished “Book of Doubt/Book of Faith” for chorus, percussion, and viola, which was premiered in NYC in May. I plan now to work with Scott MacPherson, Kent State’s Director of Choral Studies, and his Cleveland Chamber Choir to produce a studio recording of the work. Other upcoming commissions include a new song cycle for soprano Sharon Harms and Cleveland-based new music ensemble No Exit, a saxophone concerto for Kent State faculty member Noa Even and the KSU Wind Ensemble, a violin/viola duo for andPlay, and a percussion concerto for Cameron Leach. I plan to release a portrait disc featuring some of these works in the next few years,” he stated.