Adam Stiber received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in cello performance from UNLV, where he served for three years as the graduate assistant for Dr. Andrew Smith. Born in Louisville, Adam holds his BM and MM degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a student of Uri Vardi. His other principal teachers have been Peter Howard, of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Paul Critser, of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Opera Orchestra.
A finalist in the 2021 auditions for the Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Assistant Principal chair, Adam has performed in the cello section of the Philharmonic as well as those of the South Dakota, Sioux City, Dubuque, La Crosse, and Mankato Symphony Orchestras. Additionally, he has appeared as Principal Cello with the Henderson Symphony Orchestra, held the principal chair in the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, and held the cello chairs in the University’s Graduate String Quartet as well as its nationally acclaimed Wind Orchestra. Highlights of his freelance work have included performances on the Latin Grammys and in Celine Dion’s music video, “Ashes.”
Adam teaches cello and piano at NVMA. He has taught students of a wide range of ages and levels, and his cello students have won recognition in the Silver State, Susan Barton, and Bushell competitions, earned placement in ensembles including LVYAO and NMEA All-State, and participated in masterclasses for distinguished pedagogues. Adam’s goals as a teacher are to help students explore their individual voices on the instrument, develop a technique free from excess tension, and see the practice process as an exciting source of personal growth. He has served as cello instructor at the College of Southern Nevada.