Adam M. Janssen began his musical studies on the violin at the age of eight and subsequently began playing the trombone one year later, studying with Robert Tupper. Much of his passion for brass music came from his extensive time playing in the River City Youth Brass Band under the direction of Drew Fennell.

Mr. Janssen currently teaches Instrumental Music in the Moon Area School District. Known for their commitment to excellence in music education, the Moon Area School District is a proud recipient of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Best Communities for Music Education award for the last three years (2013-2016). Mr. Janssen also oversees the Moon Area Private Lesson program, in which he teaches, coaches ensembles and coordinates students and teachers.

Mr. Janssen’s musical career has taken him all over the continental United States, notably attending the Pierre Monteux and Eastern Music Festivals in Hancock, ME and Greensboro, NC, respectively, and the 2010 National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute in Washington, D.C.

Other engagements have included performing with the Altoona, Washington and Westmoreland Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra and productions with Microscopic Opera and ResonanceWorks. In addition to his orchestral career, Mr. Janssen maintains an active freelancing career as a violinist, violist and trombonist in the Pittsburgh area. For more on his performing career, click here.

Mr. Janssen co-founded and is Artistic Director of the Cambiando Ensembles, an elite group of performing ensembles based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Combining his unique background in strings, brass, composition and public relations, the Cambiando Ensembles are able to deliver a wide array of programs suitable for any venue. For more information regarding the Cambiando Ensembles, click here.

Mr. Janssen is currently the Composer/Arranger in residence with iTunes-featured artist Mayank Lahoti, with whom he frequently collaborates on crossover projects. Their debut single, Lahoti’s ballad version of Oasis’ Wonderwall, can be downloaded from the iTunes store. An EP album of original tunes inspired by Lahoti’s Indian heritage is currently in the works.

Inspired by many of his early music teachers, Mr. Janssen has become a dedicated music educator. Teaching engagements have included Sewickley Academy and the districts of Moon, Pine-Richland and Fox Chapel. He additionally maintains a small private studio of young musicians. For more about his teaching, click here.

Mr. Janssen has been able to utilize his wide array of talents in the fields of music and business, and finds himself equally at home in both communities. In 2014, Mr. Janssen joined the Board of Directors of the Renaissance & Baroque Society of Pittsburgh where he uses his public relations, marketing and outreach skills.

Known for his extroverted personality and broadcast voice, Adam was invited to be the Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 TEDxCMU Conference, for which Mr. Janssen crafted introductions for guest TED speakers, fielded audience involvement and served as the host of the event. He was later called upon to host a panel discussion with Maestro Andrés Cárdenes, former Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and current Artistic Director of the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic. Further engagements have included the hosting of recitals, concerts and other interactive venues.

Mr. Janssen is a 2015 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he studiesd primarily with Rebecca Cherian, Co-Principal Trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Peter Sullivan, Principal Trombonist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Adam performs regularly with the Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble, Opera Pit Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic. In addition to his degree in Trombone Performance, Mr. Janssen holds a degree in Business Administration and Certification in K-12 Music Education.

In his spare time, Adam enjoys teaching privately, exercise and fitness, reading and cooking.


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Rebecca Cherian

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