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Adam Karelin is a composer, trombonist, and conductor based in Los Angeles. He is an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music, where he studies composition with Ted Hearne and Andrew Norman, trombone with Terry Cravens, and conducting with Larry Livingston. 

Adam’s music has been performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, The Lyris Quartet, Aperture Duo, Yellow Barn Young Artists, New World Symphony Fellows, and others. Since beginning composition study with Brett Banducci in 2015, Adam has participated in the Young Musicians Foundation Young Composers Program, the Sunset ChamberFest Young Composers Workshop, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Associate Composer Program, North Hollywood High School’s Composer Fellowship, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute under the direction of Martin Amlin and Justin Casinghino, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program studying with Andrew Norman and Sarah Gibson, the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and the Hear Now Music Festival. In 2019, he was named a National YoungArts Finalist in Classical Music Composition, and received the ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Award.

As a trombonist, Adam plays with the USC Thornton Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Brass Quintet, Trombone Choir, EDGE Contemporary Ensemble, Baroque Sinfonia, and Concerto Chamber Orchestra. He has played in a masterclass for David Rejano, studied privately with Noah Gladstone, and performed as principal trombone with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, under the direction of Russell Steinberg. In the summer of 2018, he played principal trombone in the Idyllwild Summer Arts Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Larry Livingston.

Adam currently serves as the music director of the USC Concerto Chamber Orchestra. In the spring of 2016, he debuted as conductor with his school’s Brass Ensemble and from 2017-2018 was the Drum Major of the Marching Band, under the direction of Robin Sharp and Dylan Campbell. In the fall of 2016, Adam was awarded a conducting internship with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, through the spring of 2018. He attended the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, studying with Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher in the summer of 2019.