Adam V. Fontana joined the Bethel College faculty in fall 2016 as Director of Instrumental Music and Assistant Professor of Music. In addition to teaching courses in conducting, music and music education, he is the conductor of the Bethel College Wind Ensemble and Bethel College Philharmonia Orchestra. Under his direction, both the Wind Ensemble and Philharmonia were selected to perform at the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association State Conference. Fontana graduated with the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied conducting with Steven D. Davis and served as a graduate teaching assistant for the Bands at the Conservatory. In addition to his studies, Fontana was the Conducting Fellow of the Youth Symphony of Kansas City’s Symphony Orchestra for three seasons. Fontana has nine years of public school music teaching experience in New York and Connecticut. He holds additional degrees in music education and conducting from the Hartt School, Columbia University Teacher’s College and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
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