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jeremy-adams-harpsichords-copyright-kim-smith-copyOpening tomorrow at the Cape Ann Museum, “Voicing the Woods” is a very special exhibition of some of the exquisite instruments created by Jeremy Adams. The exhibit is accompanied by Paul Cary Goldberg photographs of the instruments and of the artist at work .

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A world renowned instrument maker, Jeremy Adams is a Gloucester artist whose extraordinarily beautiful instruments will be treasured for generations to come. To see these works of art displayed in the light filled gallery of the museum’s top floor is a magnificent gift to the community, and one not to missed. Additionally, a selection of Jeremy’s witty and whimsical furniture is displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House.bent-side-form-jeremy-adams-copyright-kim-smith

Jeremy Adams Bent-side Form, used to bend wood that has been steamed to create the curved side of the harpsichord. The process of steaming wood for the planks is similar to the technique used in boat building.

“Voicing the Woods” opens tomorrow, Saturday, October 22nd, at the Cape Ann Museum. Throughout the months of November, December, and January instrument demonstrations and concerts will be held at the Museum and at the Annisquam Village Church. See the schedule of events here.

To see more examples of Jeremy’s beautiful pieces, visit the Jeremy Adams Instruments website here. dscf9910

About Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker, from the Cape Ann Museum exhibit catalogue:

A keyboard player from early childhood, Jeremy Adams took his formal training with Roland Sturgis, Gregory Tucker and Melville Smith at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge. In the 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, Adams entered into a six-year apprenticeship at William Dowd’s Cambridge harpsichord shop, where he gained recognition for his skills as a musician and quickly developed his hand as a fine woodworker. (Dowd had established his workshop in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, engaging with the international movement to revive historic practices of performance and instrument building.) In the two years following his harpsichord apprenticeship, Adams honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing in an organ building apprenticeship at the Gloucester workshop of Charles Fisk, working on signature instruments at Old West Methodist in Boston and Harvard University, among others. In 1969 Adams opened his own workshop on the North Shore.

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Voicing the Woods

An exhibition of Jeremy Adams’s organs and harpsichords

 On View at the Cape Ann Museum

October 22, 2016 through February 26, 2017

The public is invited to an opening reception at the Museum on Saturday, October 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit runs through February 26, 2017.

Voicing the Woods: Jeremy Adams, Instrument Maker showcases the prodigious skills and artistry of Jeremy Adams, one of the most gifted musical instrument makers in New England. The exhibition, which will be held in the Cape Ann Museum’s 1,500 square foot special exhibitions gallery, will include a one-stop chamber organ, a demonstration organ and a selection of harpsichords, each built in their entirety by Adams in his workshop in Danvers, Massachusetts. In addition to the instruments that will be shown in the gallery, a selection of Adams’ furniture will be displayed in the Museum’s 1804 Captain Elias Davis House, offering an interesting contrast to the period furniture in the House.


Jeremy Adams started his musical training at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, then entered into a six-year apprenticeship at the William Dowd harpsichord shop, also in Cambridge. Dowd, working in the 1950s with harpsichord maker Frank Hubbard, had sparked an international renaissance of interest in bringing authentically historic practices into performance and instrument building, and Adams, along with a handful of other young craftsmen, were the beneficiaries of his highly competitive and well regarded apprenticeship program. Adams began his professional career in the early 1960s, an auspicious time for early music enthusiasts, and quickly gained recognition for his skills both as a musician and a woodworker. He trained with C. B. Fisk (pipe organ design and manufacturer) in Gloucester for two years, during which time he honed his skills in reed voicing and tonal finishing, and in 1969 opened his own shop on the North Shore. Adam’s harpsichords, clavichords and pipe organs can be found in public and private collections around the world, including at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston; the Sapporo Episcopal Cathedral in Sapporo, Japan; Kyoto Fukkatu Kyokai in Kyoto, Japan; the Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA; the Maple Street Congregational Church in Danvers, MA; and the Annisquam Village Church in Gloucester, MA.

The instruments will be complemented by a series of photographs by Paul Cary Goldberg that document Jeremy’s studio and work process, highlight some of the exquisite detail and workmanship on individual pieces and offer a better understanding of the breadth and volume of his work. 


Related Programs

The exhibit will be further enhanced by a robust selection of programs including gallery talks, musical performances and an organ crawl. For a full schedule of programs related to the exhibition please check our website or signup to receive CAM’s weekly e-blast at capeannmuseum.org/eblast.

A Palm Sunday Concert at the Annisquam Village Church

 All Those Hands and Feet!!

A Duo of Players : A Trio of Instruments
Carolyn and John Skelton bring their combined virtuosity to bear on the Gallery Organ, the Chancel Organ, and the Harpsichord at the Annisquam Village Church on this Palm Sunday program, April 13 at 4 PM, in a delightful concert of duets and solos that includes works of Bach, Handel, Buxtehude, Couperin, and Pinkham. From an antiphonal organ piece to a brilliant exchange between the harpsichord and gallery organ, these two expert players will take full advantage of the three instruments built by Jeremy Adams and the lively acoustic of the historic Village Church at the head of Lobster Cove in Gloucester. Contact: Kathleen Adams, Music Director, 978.283.6416
Jeremy Adams Gallery Organ, Chamber Organ, and Harpsichord