After six months, Adam Estes felt sufficiently settled into his position as professor of woodwinds at Minot State University to host a faculty performance, billed as "Adam and Friends."
"He's a multiple threat," said Erik Anderson, MSU faculty member and one of the "friends" on the bill. "Besides being a bassoonist in the Minot Symphony Orchestra, he plays the clarinet in one of the trios we're performing, and even played the flute for his audition.
"He's from Texas, and has taught saxophone," Anderson added. "He also is directing the (MSU) Jazz Ensemble, and plays (well) in the classical style."
Submitted Photo - - Minot State University music faculty member and bassoonist Adam Estes hosts a faculty concert Tuesday titled “Adam and Friends.”
In addition to Estes and Anderson, the performance includes Cherie Collins, Dianna Anderson and DeVera Bowles.
"It's an eclectic concert," Estes said. "We have the Mozart Sonata in B Flat for cello and bassoon followed by Brahms' Clarinet Trio, and DeVera is singing a French song, 'Le Chant du Veilleur,' with saxophone, voice and piano.
"The concert closes with an oboe, clarinet and piano trio," he added. "We're mixing it up, giving the audience a variety."
Formerly of South Carolina, Estes is happy to have made it through his first winter here, but has a lot of experience in making new friends. His performing career has taken him to venues in Ireland, Austria, Switzerland, France and Belgium.
Estes said he finds the job interesting.
"It's a department that's growing," he said. "A lot of my ideas are in line with the way the school is growing, too."
The performance, set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in MSU's Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, is free and open to the public.