On February 12, 2020, West Des Moines native and Des Moines Symphony alumnus Adam Meyer was named the next provost of The Juilliard School; one of the world's most prestigious and revered music conservatories. Adam, a musical prodigy and violist who played with the Des Moines Symphony while a senior at Valley High School, currently serves as director of Juilliard's Music Division and deputy dean of the College and will take over his role as Provost beginning July 1, 2020.
Adam joined the administration at Juilliard in 2011 and has held key leadership roles throughout his time there. Since 2008, Meyer has also served as the dean of students for the (Itzhak) Perlman Music Program and has served on the faculty of the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program. He received his Doctorate of Music Arts from Stony Brook University after completing his Master's Degree from Juilliard and his Bachelor's Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory. Meyer was co-founder and performed nationally for several years as violist with the Bryant Park String Quartet.
Growing up in West Des Moines and participating in the public school district's highly-respected orchestra programs, Adam studied privately with then-Principal Violist of the Des Moines Symphony, Sherida Josephson. As a gifted and musically advanced high school senior, he auditioned for and was appointed to the viola section of the Des Moines Symphony for the 1995-1996 Season. Adam's father, Gene Meyer, is a Past President of the Des Moines Symphony Association Board of Trustees. His siblings, Matt Meyer and Abby Hendricks, are current members of the violin and viola sections respectively of the Des Moines Symphony, and both are highly-regarded stringed instrument teachers and orchestra leaders in the West Des Moines Community School District.