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David Abrams, a member of the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA), served as classical music reviewer, critic and music columnist with The Syracuse Post-Standard from 1992 to 2008, where he covered orchestral, chamber music and opera performances. During this time he earned 11 "Best in Category" Syracuse Press Club awards in the categories of Critiques, Best Human Interest Story and the Robert Haggart Memorial Award for Best Daily Newspaper Column. He later authored a weekly column in the Eagle Newspapers, Music Matters, where he earned his 12th Press Club Award.
Now in his third decade as Professor of Music at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, Abrams teaches music history, ear-training and clarinet, and serves as Chair of the Music Department. He is the recipient of the 2012 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which will be awarded him officially this December at Onondaga's Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony.
From 1987 to 2002 Abrams taught at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music. He formerly held appointments clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony orchestras, and currently remains active as a performer in chamber music ensembles such as the Syracuse Society for New Music.
With the exception of a two-year appointment at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point, Abrams has been a New Yorker his entire life. He grew up in Brooklyn, graduated from the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan and then the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester), where he earned a B.M. in Music Theory, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in Performance and Literature. When he's not teaching he enjoys spending time indulging his great passions: chess, Mozart operas and pricey single-malt scotch.
Abrams lives in Camillus with his wife Cheryl, communications manager at Crouse Hospital In Syracuse, and their incorrigible miniature schnauzer, Teddy.