Since 2004, Adam Waite has served as Director of Music for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of Chatham Township, NJ, a 950 member congregation in the Metro New York City area. He is also Co Artistic Director and Resident Conductor for Lyrica Chamber Music, a classical chamber music series in its 28th season.
Born and raised in Upstate New York, Adam attended Carnegie Mellon University, where he obtained a BFA in Music Composition with University Honors. Adam’s teachers at Carnegie Mellon included Nancy Galbraith (composition), Donald Wilkins (organ performance) and Robert Page (choral). While at CMU, Adam also made two important “life discoveries:” he gained his first experiences as a church musician regularly subbing for Prof. Galbraith at Christ Lutheran Church; and he had the good fortune of meeting a violinist named Leena (Lay-na), who would eventually become his wife!
After completing his studies in Pittsburgh, Adam was accepted into the Graduate Composition program at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied composition with Paul Chihara and David Lefkowitz, and film scoring with Jerry Goldsmith and Charles Fox. During this time, Adam received his first appointment as Director of Music, serving St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, a 450 member PCUSA congregation in the Northern San Fernando Valley.
For the past eleven years, Adam has led the music ministry at PCCT in Chatham, NJ, increasing congregational participation, expanding musical offerings, and forging collaborative relationships within the community. He’s also been involved in musical projects outside of the church, including Music Supervisor for Broadway’s “Carols for a Cure;” composing a film score for a PBS Documentary; and performing at Carnegie Hall, Good Morning America, and the jazz club Birdland.
Away from music, Adam enjoys talking about airplanes, home improvement projects, skiing, and, sadly, the Buffalo Bills (you can take the boy out of Upstate New York, but….). Most of all, he loves being a husband and a father. His wife of seven years, Leena, is the Director of Volunteer Management and Programming for America’s Grow-A-Row; a non-profit that grows, gleans and gives fresh produce to hunger relief agencies in New Jersey. She also holds graduate degrees in violin performance from the University of Michigan along with a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Drew University. Together they have a two year old son, Ethan, who is presently obsessed with trains, trombones and forklifts.
Adam is very grateful to the members and staff of Montview for entrusting him with becoming the next Minister of Music. He is looking forward to collaborating with the staff and congregation in carrying on the tradition of meaningful and worshipful music making that John, Barbara and all of Montview’s volunteer musicians have established!