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Dr. Adam Zrust

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229 Fire Arts

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660.562.1319

Joined Northwest in 2021


Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education


Education

  • Ph.D. Choral Conducting and Music Education, Florida State University
  • M.M.E. Choral Music Education, Florida State University
  • B.A.E. K-12 Music, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • B.S. Music Business, University of Nebraska-Kearney

Courses Taught

  • Secondary Choral Methods
  • Choral Conducting
  • Choral Literature
  • Vocal Methods for Non-Majors
  • University Chorale
  • Madrialiers
  • Applied Voice

Academic Interests

  • Rehearsal efficiency
  • Concurrent instruction (conductor talk-over behaviors)
  • Conducting pedagogy
  • Singing for social harmony

Scholarly Activity

RESEARCH AND ORIGINAL CREATIVE WORK

PERFORMANCES

Invited Conference Performances

2019  Zrust, A., & UCM Concert Choir (Conductor). Xi’an International Choral Festival & Conference. [Origination of the work various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Xi'an University Concert Hall, Xi’an, China: Chinese Choral Meeting. (International)

Conductor/Clinician

2019 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Performing Arts Camp Show: Broadway Beat[Artistic direction by Joseph Martinez]. [Musical direction by Adam Zrust]. Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Camp (summer intensive), Missoula, MT. (National)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). I-70 Conference Honor Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Missouri Music Educators Association, Centerview, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Conference Honor Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Nebraska Music Educators Association, Albion, NE. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Southwest District XI All-District Mixed Chorus [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Missouri Music Educators Association, Joplin, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Northeast District 9/10 Honor Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Missouri Music Educators Association, Moberly, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Performing Arts Camp Show: I Love NY. [Artistic direction by Joseph Martinez]. [Musical direction by Adam Zrust]. Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Camp (summer intensive), Missoula, MT. (National)

2018 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). AVoice4Peace: Festival Singers of Florida & The Nairobi Chamber Chorus [Choral]. [Origination of the work by Kevin Fenton & Ken Wakia]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. National Theater of Kenya: United States Embassy to Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya. (International)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). District X All-District Mixed Chorus [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Virginia Music Educators Association, Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Missouri River Valley Conference Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Missouri River Valley Conference, Harrisonville, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Tri-County Honor Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. UCM Campus, Warrensburg, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. (Conductor). West–Central District Honor Choir [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Missouri Music Educators Association, Oak Grove High School, Oak Grove, MO. (State)

2017 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Performing Arts Camp Show: The World of Broadway.[Artistic direction by Joseph Martinez]. [Musical direction by Adam Zrust]. Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Camp (summer intensive), Missoula, MT. (National)

2017 Zrust, A. (Conductor). District XV All-District Women’s Chorus [Choral]. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Virginia Music Educators Association, Stafford Senior High School, Fredericksburg, VA. (State)

2017 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Festival Singers of Florida. Jubilate Deo by Dan Forrest (selected movement). [Artistic direction by Kevin Fenton]. Winter Park, FL. (Regional)

2017 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Festival Singers of Florida. Awakening by Stephen Paulus (selected movement). [Artistic direction by Kevin Fenton]. Orlando, FL. (Regional)

2016 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). Performing Arts Camp Show: Drawn to Broadway. [Artistic direction by Joseph Martinez]. [Musical direction by Adam Zrust]. Missoula Children’s Theatre Performing Arts Camp (summer intensive), Missoula, MT. (National)

2016 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Leon County Men’s Day. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic Direction by Adam Zrust]. Leon County Schools, Tallahassee, FL. (State)

2016 Zrust, A. (Conductor). Martin County Men’s Day [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Martin County Schools, Stuart, FL. (State)

2015 Zrust, A. (Guest Conductor). West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. [Artistic direction by Marty Frederick]. [Musical direction by Adam Zrust]. Mainstage Classic Theatre, Mansfield, TX. (State)

2015 Zrust, A. (Conductor). 70th Annual Choral Clinic. [Origination of the work by various composers]. [Artistic direction by Adam Zrust]. Albion Choral Clinic, Albion, NE. (State)

Tenor Soloist

2019 Zrust, A. Invited soloist for American Guild of Organists Annual Winter Choral Concert, Kansas City Chapter, Kansas City, MO. (State)

2018 Zrust, A. St. Matthew Passion, J.S. Bach. Evangelist, Southwest Liederkranz Choral Conducting Symposium, Estes Park, CO. (National)

2017 Zrust, A. The Time of Man by Neil Seipp. First Presbyterian Church, Warrensburg, MO. (Local)

2016 Zrust, A. Christ lag in Todesbanden, J.S. Bach. Florida State University, Kevin Fenton, conductor. Tallahassee, FL. (Local)

2015 Zrust, A. Façade, William Walton. Reciter. Trey Harris, conductor. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. (Local)

Percussionist

2017 Zrust, A. Florida All-State Men’s Chorus. Craig Zamer, Conductor. Tampa, FL. (State)

2016 Zrust, A. The Little Match Girl Passion, David Lang. Kevin Fenton, Conductor. Florida State University Chamber Choir, Tallahassee, FL. (Local)

2014–2016 Zrust, A. Resident Percussionist. The Festival Singers of Florida. Kevin Fenton, conductor. Orlando, Florida. (Regional) 

2015 Zrust, A. High School Honor Choir, André Thomas, Conductor. American Choral Director’s Association National Convention, Salt Lake City, UT. (National)

2014 Zrust, A. FL-ACDA 6-8 Men’s State Honor Choir. Patrick Freer, Conductor. Tampa, FL. (State)

PRESENTATIONS

Invited Plenary Conference Presentations

2019 Zrust, A. The Intersection of Verbal Explanation and Gestural Expression. Xi'an University Concert Hall, Xi’an, China: Chinese Choral Meeting (International).

2018 Zrust, A. (1) Do the hustle(!): Using concurrent instruction to expedite student learning and make rehearsals engaging, motivating, and more efficient; (2) Training singers to be independent musicians; (3) The intersection of verbal explanation and gestural expression: The importance of congruence on the podium; (4) Programming for success; (5) Building a factory of sight-readers: Essential practices for success. Invited headliner sessions presented for the Montana Choral Directors Association at the Montana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference, Missoula, MT (State). 

Invited Conference Presentations

2021 Zrust, A. (1) Rehearsal Efficiency–Part I: Rehearsal Structure; (2) Rehearsal  Efficiency–Part II: Repertoire in a Flash. Invited sessions presented at the Sam Houston State University Choral Professional Development Workshop (Regional).

2021 Zrust, A. Do the hustle(!): Making efficient use of your time in rehearsal. Invited session presented at the Florida Music Educators Convention, Tampa, FL (State) 

2020 Zrust, A. Do the hustle(!): Making efficient use of your time in rehearsal. Invited session presented at the Southwest American Choral Director’s Divisional Convention, Little Rock, AR. (Regional)

2018 Zrust, A. Do the hustle(!): Making efficient use of your time in rehearsal. Invited session presented at the annual summer meeting of the Missouri chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, Jefferson City, MO (State).

2018 Zrust, A. Training singers to be independent musicians. Invited session presented at the annual summer meeting of the Missouri chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, Jefferson City, MO (State).

z2018 Zrust, A. A descriptive analysis of concurrent instruction in secondary choral rehearsals. Paper presented at the Missouri Music Educators Association Annual Convention, Osage Beach, MO (State).

2016 Zrust, A. Training Singers to be independent musicians. Invited session presented at the Southwest American Choral Directors Association Biennial Convention, Kansas City, MO (National).

2016 Napoles, J., Babb, S. L., Bowers, J., Hankle, S., & Zrust, A. (2016). The effect of piano playing on preservice teachers’ ability to detect errors in a choral score. Paper presented at the national conference of the National Association for Music Education, Atlanta, GA (National).

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

(2021) Zrust, A. (in press). An Interview with André Thomas. In Gregory Gentry (Ed.), Striking a Chord: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors. GIA Publications.

Peer–Reviewed Research Articles 

2021 Zrust, A. Effective and efficient: modeling in the choral rehearsal. Florida Music Director.  

2016 Napoles, J., Babb, S. L., Bowers, J., Hankle, S., & Zrust, A. (2016). The effect of piano playing on preservice teachers’ ability to detect errors in a choral score. Journal of Music Teacher Education, 26, 39-49. doi:10.1177/1057083716639724.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

2018 Zrust, Adam (2018). Interview with Fredrik Sixten. International Choral Bulletin, XXXVII, 3, 70-73. Retrieved from https://issuu.com/icbulletin/docs/eicb_2018-3_english

WEBINARS

2020 Zrust, A. E-choir ideas and resources in the time of COVID-19. Invited lecture for the Missouri Music Educators Association.

Student Group Advisement

  • American Choral Directors Association