Adam Potter


  • PhD, Choral Conducting & Music Education - Florida State University; 
  • MM, Choral Conducting - Houghton College; 
  • BMus - Vocal Music Education - Houghton College
  • Director of Choral Studies - Roberts Wesleyan College

A versatile musician, conductor Adam Potter is the Director of Choral Activities at Roberts WesleyanCollege in Rochester, New York, where he also serves as Assistant Professor of Music. At RWC, heconducts the Roberts Chorale, administers the college choral program,  mentors choral music education majors, and teaches coursework inconducting and aural skills. He earned a PhD in choral conducting andmusic education from the Florida State University College of Musicand Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education andchoral conducting from the Greatbatch School of Music, HoughtonCollege, where he was a Presser and Presidential Scholar. His choralmusic mentors include Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, BrandonJohnson, and André Thomas.

Prior to his appointment at Roberts, Dr. Potter enjoyed positions asDirector of Choral Activities at Delta State University in Cleveland,  Mississippi and Director of Vocal Music at Dansville High School(NY), overseeing thriving and growing vocal music curricula. He isalso an active church musician, having previously served Presbyterian congregations in Florida andMississippi. During the summers, he conducts choirs and teaches voice at the Csehy Summer Schoolof Music. He has also taught at the Interlochen Arts Camp and Houghton College.

Dr. Potter is a sought-after guest conductor and clinician for honor choirs, choral-orchestralperformances, and at high schools and colleges and an active adjudicator of choral performancefestivals. He has guest-conducted and presented on program building for new teachers, group vocaltechnique, and the joys and challenges of teaching music in rural school communities at colleges,  community chorus retreats, and music education conferences in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland,  Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Tennessee. He has also been a guest lecturer at theKenya Conservatoire of Music and a guest artist with the Nairobi Chamber Chorus in conjunctionwith the “AVoice4Peace” worldwide peace awareness project. His research interests include sight- singing pedagogy and applications of the servant-leadership model to conducting music ensembles.

Dr. Potter is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, having served as arepertoire and resources chair at the state level in Mississippi and New York, and maintainsmemberships in Chorus America, the College Music Society, the National Association for MusicEducation, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the New York State School MusicAssociation. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and Pi KappaLambda, the American honor society for musicians. In 2010, he was named a Claes Nobel Educatorof Distinction and he was honored to be the ΣΑΕ fraternity’s “professor of the month” in October2015.