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Adam Whiting is a staff accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of music; he was hired for this position upon graduation from CIM in the spring of 2005 with a double-masters degree in piano performance and accompanying. He is also a new Suzuki piano teacher and returning staff accompanist at the Cleveland Music School Settlement (since 2004) and accompanist for the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies (since 2003). At CIM, he studied solo piano with Daniel Shapiro; collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli, head of the collaborative piano department; and cello with Merry Peckham, cellist of the Cavani String Quartet. In 2002, he graduated with a BM in performance from Marylhurst University where he studied with Sr. Anne Cecile Daigle SNJM and Susan DeWitt Smith. He attended the Oregon Suzuki Institute for thirteen years; after a few years' hiatus, he returned in the summer of 2004 as a staff accompanist, at the invitation of the directors of the institute. He studied with the Cavani string quartet for six summers at the Britt Chamber Strings Camp in Ashland, Oregon.



Life-story Version

Adam Whiting is a staff accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of music; he was hired for this position upon graduation from CIM in the spring of 2005 with a double-masters degree in piano performance and accompanying. He was also hired this year as a Suzuki piano teacher at the Cleveland Music School Settlement. He is also returning to his previous accompanying posts at the Cleveland Music School Settlement (since 2004), the Sato Center for Suzuki Studies (since 2003), and the Oregon Suzuki Institute--one-week summer program--(since 2004). He attended the Oregon Suzuki Institute as a student for thirteen years; after a few years' hiatus, he returned in the summer of 2004 as a staff accompanist, at the invitation of the directors of the institute. At CIM, he studied solo piano with Daniel Shapiro; collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli, head of the collaborative piano department; and cello with Merry Peckham, cellist of the Cavani String Quartet. He began piano lessons at age five with Sr. Patricia Baxter in the preparatory department of Marylhurst University. He dropped out of school in the middle of fourth grade in order to have more time to sleep and practice; his father homeschooled him. A few weeks before his fourteenth birthday, he began taking college classes, because his piano teachers, Sr. Patricia Baxter SNJM and Sr. Anne Cecile Daigle SNJM, announced that he was ready to benefit from music theory classes. After Sr. Anne Cecileís death in 1998, he began taking lessons from Susan DeWitt Smith. In 2002, after seven years at Marylhurst University, he graduated with a BM in performance; he was only some paperwork short of also receiving an associateís degree in mathematics from Clackamas Community College, where he took all his academic classes. Having worked with the Cavani string quartet for six summers at the Britt Chamber Strings Camp in Ashland, Oregon (five years as a cellist and the last year as the pianist of a pre-formed piano quartet) and thriving in the non-competitive, supportive, friendly, cooperative, joyous environment that the Cavani somehow created every year, he knew that CIM, their school of residence, was where he wanted to go. He auditioned only to CIM--not to a single other school--and was accepted into their master of music in piano performance program. A year later, seeking more collaborative and chamber music experiences, and impressed by Anita Pontremoliís awareness of all of his non-solo projects, he doubled up his piano degree with CIMís accompanying degree, adding an extra year to his projected stay at CIM.



Short Version

Adam Whiting is a staff accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of music; he graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2005 with a double-masters in piano performance and accompanying. At CIM, he studied solo piano with Daniel Shapiro; collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli, head of the collaborative piano department; and cello with Merry Peckham, cellist of the Cavani String Quartet. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Marylhurst University in 2002, first taking piano lessons from Sr. Anne Cecile Daigle, then Susan DeWitt Smith. He began piano lessons at age five with Sr. Patricia Baxter in the preparatory department of Marylhurst University.



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Adam Whiting is a staff accompanist at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he graduated in 2005 with a Master of Music degree. At CIM, he studied solo piano with Daniel Shapiro and collaborative piano with Anita Pontremoli. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Marylhurst University in 2002.


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