Dr. Adam Jonathan Con is an “exceptional choral conductor”, a “visionary”, a respected teacher of conducting and Tai Chi Chuan, and a leader in the advocacy of music education. He is in high demand in the United States and Canada both as a guest conductor and choral conducting teacher. A native of Vancouver, Canada and a third generation Chinese Canadian, his holistic approach to choral music through a unique blend of kinesthetic whole body movement and the Eastern philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan continues to inspire singers of all ages in mind, body and spirit. His motto is “Music is more than notes in motion; music is notes in Emotion.”
Currently serving as Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of Music Education at Wittenberg University, Dr. Con conducts the Wittenberg Choir, the Wittenberg Singers and teaches various courses in music education and conducting. Prior to his move to Ohio in 2010, Adam worked at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where he served in a similar capacity for eight years.
Dr. Con earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. At the Florida State University, he earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Music Education (Choral Conducting Emphasis) studying with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, Clifford Madsen and Judy Bowers.
His talent and ability to work with all levels of musical experience are grounded in 15 years of diverse K-12 public school music teaching which includes certification in Orff, Kodály, and Dalcroze based general music, French immersion music, middle and secondary school choral, vocal jazz, concert band and jazz band. His professional conducting experiences include civic orchestras, professional musical theater, community choirs, concert bands, and 34 years as a church choir director and organist.
Currently, Dr. Con serves as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Multicultural Music for the Ohio State American Choral Director’s Association and he is serving on the writing team for the Ohio Department of Education rewriting the Ohio State Music Standards.