Adam Karelin is currently a sophomore at the North Hollywood High School’s Highly Gifted Magnet. As a member of his school’s music program, he takes an active role both as an instrumentalist and as a leader. This is now his second year as the principal trombonist in the Marching/Concert Band and the Symphony Orchestra, both under the direction of his school’s music director, Robin Sharp. This is also Adam’s second year as the lead trombonist in his school’s Jazz Band. In addition to the playing he does at school, Adam also participates in the Los Angeles All-City Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. J.B. Dyas, and is currently a trombonist in the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Russel Steinberg. Adam is currently studying trombone privately with Noah Gladstone.
Adam began composing in the sixth grade and has been writing ever since. Many of his works have been premiered at his current school and at his middle school, Walter Reed Middle School. In the summer of 2015, he began studying composition with Brett Banducci, who is his current teacher. After leaving the tonal idiom and expanding his musical language as a composer, Adam was accepted into the Young Musicians Foundation Composers’ Program, a four month program that is currently underway, lasting until late April, providing young composers with opportunities to have their music workshopped professionally. In addition, he has been awarded a Composition Fellowship with an emphasis in Music Technology by his school’s music director, beginning in the fall of the 2016-2017 academic year, in association with his school’s Symphony Orchestra.