William Adams

William A.

Durham, NC

Lesson Details



William delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I have over 30 years experience in music education, which includes private lessons, choral camps for high school students, honor choirs, and working as a music professor at university.

My doctorate in voice is from The University of Texas and I have 3 other music degrees.

I also teach woodwinds, piano, guitar, theory, composition, arranging, orchestration, music history/appreciation, conducting, vocal health, diction, acting and monologue prep.

Many of my past students have gone on to have careers as musicians, singers, actors, and music educators.


VP for Youth in Harmony and Outreach
Jan 2016 - Present
Carolinas District of BHS

Help to create a cappella camps and competitions for youth

Music Director
Jan 2014 - Present
Heart of Carolina A Cappella

Men's, women's and mixed choruses

Music Educator
Jun 1985 - Present
Doc Adams Music

Private teacher and contracted choral clinician

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts
Aug 2001 - Jun 2002
Elon University

Assistant Professor of Music
Aug 1999 - Jun 2001
Oklahoma Panhandle State University


Doctor of Musical Arts (Vocal Performance)
Sep 1993 - May 1999
University of Texas at Austin
Master of Music (Vocal Performance/Opera)
Aug 1991 - Jun 1993
California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Arts (Music Education)
Sep 1988 - Jun 1991
California State University, San Bernardino
Associate in Arts (Music)
Aug 1985 - Jun 1988
Chaffey Community College (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)


English (experience singing many foreign languages and with foreign diction)
Professional Proficiency


District Champion Chorus - Heart of Carolina
Mar 2015
Carolinas District of BHS
University of Texas Concerto Competition Winner
Sep 1994
University of Texas
Faculty Artist-Scholar Award
May 1991
Cal State University, San Bernardino
Meritorious Achievement Award (Composition)
Jun 1988
Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival


Barbershop Harmony Society
Jan 1996

It’s music in a very pure form created with nothing but human voices coming together to create a rich and satisfying texture that is pleasing to the ears and invigorating to the soul. Barbershop allows you to find your voice and be a part of creating something that is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Phi Kappa Phi
Jan 1993

Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Photos & Videos

Oratorio 2017

Heart of Carolina A Cappella

Vocal Jazz A Cappella group, Avante.  Our debut album, "Mackie's Back", was nominated for a CASA award.

High School a cappella clinic

Oratorio at Duke Chapel

Oratorio 2017
Ravel 2017
My arrangement of Irish Blessing
Singing bass with a cappella group, Avante

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