Adam Neeley joined the viola section of Pacific Symphony in 2012. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he began his musical career in the music department of his public school system, and eventually earned both bachelor's and master's degrees at the Beinen School of Music at Northwestern University under the tutelage of Roland Vamos. Since completing his studies, Neeley has had the privilege of collaborating with many of the world’s finest conductors and performers, serving as principal viola of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years, and spending three years as a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla. Since 2010, he has also been a member of the viola section of the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra which meets in Door County, Wis. each August.
As an active orchestral and chamber musician, Neeley has performed around the world, including performances in Australia and a stint as guest principal viola of the Macau Orchestra. At home, he has been a substitute musician for the Chicago and Milwaukee Symphonies, and has participated in music festivals such as Tanglewood Music Center, the National Orchestral Institute, Kent/Blossom Summer Music, and with the Lyrica Quartet at the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colo. As a soloist, Neeley has appeared with orchestras in Cincinnati and Chicago.
In his time away from his cherished 1930 Vincenzo Cavani viola, Neeley is an avid sports fan, and also enjoys traveling, all things Irish and literature.