About

Waite_Headshot-4_WebAdam Waite is the Minister of Music at Denver Colorado’s historic Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church.  In addition to overseeing the church’s broad musical and artistic programming, Adam also conducts Montview’s Westminster Choir: an 80-voice mixed chorus that is the cornerstone of weekly worship.  Since arriving at Montview in the Fall of 2015, Adam has led concert performances of Gustav Holst: The Cloud Messenger (Colorado Premiere); Paulus: Heritage Songs (Colorado Premiere); Nancy Galbraith: Missa Mysteriorum (Orchestral World Premiere); Poulenc: Gloria; Finzi: In Terra Pax; Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Dvořák: Mass in D (April 2018).

Prior to Montview, Adam lived and worked in the New York City area, where he was Co-Artistic Director and Resident Conductor for Lyrica Chamber Music and the Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, NJ.

As a composer, he has worked with over forty different Broadway casts as Music Supervisor and Director for Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure, and has won numerous ASCAP awards for his original compositions. His orchestral work The Tool Collector was heralded by the LA Times for its use of “minimalist texture while seamlessly contrasting symphonic strings with jazz horns.”  His re-imagined score to Dave Brubeck’s “To Hope!” was premiered at St. Peter’s Church jazz vespers, and his arrangements and orchestrations for Cantor Arik Luck were performed by the Metropolis Symphony at Chicago’s Symphony Center, with Martin Sheen narrating.

Along with Grammy- Award winning singer & composer Peter Eldridge, he co-composed the score to the PBS documentary, No Job for A Woman: The Women Who Fought To Report WWII.  He is a long-time collaborator with Broadway star Mara Davi, whose original songs “Lay Your Battle Down” and “When I” were recently included in the soundtrack to the film Gordon Family Tree.  

As a conductor and church musician, Adam has also led performances of major works including Mozart: Requiem, Finzi: Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Rutter: Requiem, Saint-Saens: Christmas Oratorio, Galbraith: Four River Songs, Four Nature Canticles (world premiere), Faure: Requiem, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, Copland: Appalachian Spring, Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Weston: Piano Concerto, Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat, and Thompson: Frostiana.  He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists and has appeared as a featured conductor at the Ocean Grove Summer Choir Festival (2008-2010). He presently lives with his wife Leena and son Ethan in Denver, CO.

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