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Adam conducting at Montview

Adam 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; Rutter: Gloria; Ellington: Sacred Concert (50th anniversary performance) and Dvořák: Mass in D.

As a composer/arranger, his commissioned works have been performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, The Metropolis Symphony and the folk super-group, I’m With Her.  He has written for over forty different Broadway casts as Music Supervisor and Director for Broadway Cares: Carols for a Cure. 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,” and his re-imagined score to Dave Brubeck’s “To Hope!” was premiered at St. Peter’s Church prestigious jazz vespers.

MORRISON, CO – APRIL 28: Vocalist JoFoKe, right, dances and sings during the Red Rocks o’clock Howl at the Red Rocks Amphitheater to celebrate Red Rocks’ 80th anniversary April 28, 2021. Pianist Adam Waite, left, plays along to a large crowd. The event featured local acts who kept the music alive during the pandemic and culminated with an 8 o’clock howl honoring first responders, medical personal and frontline workers who worked tirelessly through the pandemic. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

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 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.  Adam also leads the Ghost Ranch Chorale, an annual week-long choral festival in Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM.

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. Adam was born and raised in Albany, NY. His wife Leena, son Ethan and dog Reba live in Denver, CO.

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  1. Adam is a thrilling artist and talent. We at Montview are INDEED blessed to have him directing music there, and every performance reminds me of how multi-talented he is.

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