Exhibit showcases the skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams ’58, instrument maker
Two decades of Roxbury Latin boys and counting have sung the School’s repertoire of Hall hymns in Rousmaniere Hall to the accompaniment of a pipe organ, a striking instrument that is the work of Jeremy Adams ’58. The installation in the spring of 1995 came just in time for the commemoration of the School’s 350th Anniversary and a visit by President George H.W. Bush.
An early music enthusiast who took his formal training at Longy School of Music, Jeremy developed his woodworking skills in extended apprenticeships at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop and at the Gloucester organ workshop of Charles Fisk before opening his own workshop on the North Shore in 1969. His harpsichords, clavichords, and pipe organs are found in public and private collections around the world.
Jeremy is also a builder of fine furniture, the design and construction of which evolved, in part, from the refined casework required by the musical instruments, and in part from a lifelong interest in painting and sculpture. The intersection of these elements has led to commissions from clients far and near, and to several gallery exhibitions, as well as representation in a competition at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Pennsylvania.
The exhibit Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, which represents Jeremy’s work since the 60s, runs from 22 October through February 26. A schedule of performances associated with the exhibit can be found here.