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Adam Bodony

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Assistant Professor

Purdue Bands and Orchestras

Adam M. Bodony was appointed Assistant Professor of Bands in the fall of 2017. Bodony will serve as the director of the Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras, and will oversee the department’s Applied Music Program.

Before being appointed Assistant Professor of Bands, Bodony served Purdue University as Director of Orchestras, first as Visiting Lecturer during the 2015-2016 academic year, and then as Visiting Instructor during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Bodony also currently serves as Artistic Director of the New World Youth Orchestras in Indiana. Based at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis, the New World Youth Orchestras is an organization with approximately 220 young musicians enrolled from all over the state of Indiana. The organization’s top orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2016 and its Orchestra Hall (Chicago) debut in 2017 under the direction of Bodony. In March 2018 the top orchestra will perform at the Music For All National Festival in Indianapolis. Additionally, through partnerships with local universities, Bodony sets and oversees a pre-college music education curriculum for the members of the New World Youth Orchestras, including areas in music theory, music history, chamber music, and conducting.

Bodony’s previous posts include Associate Conductor of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra’s Hot Summer Nights Music Festival (2013-2015), Artistic Director of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (2014-2016), and Cover Conductor and Pre-Concert Lecturer for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (2014-2015). Bodony has also worked with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), as well as several high school, college, and community ensembles across the country.

Bodony earned a bachelor’s degree in both religious studies and trombone performance from DePauw University in 2008. Bodony later received a master’s degree in trombone performance from Indiana University in 2011, where his primary teachers were Jim Beckel and Carl Lenthe, respectively. He also pursed conducting studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (Russia) and Indiana University. His primary conducting teachers include Arthur Fagen, Leonid Korchmar, and Kirk Trevor.

As a trombonist, Mr. Bodony has frequently performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and can be heard playing 2nd trombone on two album releases under the Telarc label, conducted by Krzysztof Urbański and Jun Märkl, respectively.

In 2013, Mr. Bodony was honored with the Beckmann Emerging Artist Award given by the Arts Council of Indianapolis to a young professional with exceptional talent and promise in a given field.