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Liselyn Adams, Chair

Associate Professor, Music

Liselyn Adams, Chair

Liselyn Adams moved to Canada after completing her studies at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, and the Royal Conservatory of the Netherlands. Equally at home on the modern and baroque flutes, she has performed as principal flutist with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, the Carl Philipp Ensemble, Les Nations de Montréal, and as a guest soloist in many cities in North America. She is a founding member of the Blue Rider Ensemble, where her passion for collaborative composition, improvisation and instrumental theatre has grown since 1990. Liselyn has been a faculty member at Concordia University since 1980, teaching courses from music history and theory to chamber music and contemporary performance.

Opening scene of Frankenstein's Ghosts
Photo credit: Jérôme Delapierre

Teaching activities

Contemporary Music Ensembles

Students work in small ensembles on music written since 1950, explore alternative notations, improvisation, collaborative composition, and integration with live electronics. 

Private Study - flute

Transforming breath into fabulous sounds. 


history is what it is

Sound recording. Centrediscs 2013
Music of Peter Hatch

Five Memos
Music is a Beautiful Disease
One says. History is. 

Blue Rider Ensemble

Sound recording. A&R records 1997
Arnold Schönberg Pierrot lunaire
Donald Crockett The Cinnamon Peeler (text by Michael Ondaatje)
John Rea Les Blues d'Orphée

Mildred's Thoughts

Sound recording on Artifact Music 1995
Music of Peter Hatch

and as he from Mounting Picasso

Artistic performances

December 9, 2014

Blue Rider Ensemble

Oscar Peterson Hall (Concordia University)
works of Bolcom, Torke, Noseworthy, Hatch, Dimitrov, and a new collaborative composition by the ensemble

May 2013

La Vague by Éric Abécassis
Director of the flute section for performance of this massive piece for 160 musicians performed outdoors at the Place des Arts esplanade

October 27, 2012

Blue Rider Ensemble - trios for flute, 'cello, and piano
Works by Crumb, Martinu, Liebermann, and Kapustin


Frankenstein's Ghosts
Staged multimedia performance with music created by Blue Rider Ensemble, choreography by Michael Montanaro, video by Jérôme Delapierre, sound by Navid Navab, texts by Ann Scowcroft. Performances and film capture 2011-2013. Based on Mary Shelley's novel, the work of researchers and graduate students in ethics and psychology, and the full cast.

Trailer at 

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