Lecturer, Percussion Wind & Percussion Division
B.M., University of Rochester; M.F.A. Carnegie-Mellon University
F. Anthony Ames is currently principal percussionist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C; a position he has held since 1968. Since that time Mr. Ames has worked with an impressive roster of conductors including: Claudio Abbado, Thomas Beecham, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Edo DeWaardt, Antal Dorati, Charles Dutoit, Arthur Fiedler, Eric Leinsdorf, Raymond Leppard, Yoel Levi, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Mstislav Rostropovich, Max Rudolf, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, George Solti, Yuri Termikanov, Klaus Tennstedt, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Weiser-Moest.
Other music activities include founding the 20th Century Consort and the Romantic Chamber Ensemble, assisting in the formation of the Folger Consort and Hesperus, establishing the Martha's Vineyard Music Festival, and creating Millennium, Inc., a multi-disciplined chamber music production company.
An active producer, he has produced a number of recordings for the Smithsonian label and a compact disc for Bridge Records; he also created and produced themes and sound effects for the PBS series "Music," co-produced a film segment for Polytel, created a ten-hour documentary series on the history of Western art music, the pilot of which won first prize in the Documentary Performance category at the Houston Film Festival in 1986.
He has also created and staffed the Potomac Chamber Orchestra for recording soundtrack for American musicals, and for four years engaged the orchestra for the Washington Opera's Terrace Theater series at the Kennedy Center. He was house producer for Animation House, a now defunct commercial animation company, producing many spots for local and national television.
As a writer-producer he has worked with a number of production companies including Ward and Associates, and has written a few unproduced feature film and television scripts. Most recently he co-wrote and produced a children's musical entitled "The Red Shoes" and is the professional representative for the Bob Brown Puppet Company.
He made chamber music appearances with the Barnes & Hampton duo during their annual Celtic Christmas programs (Dumbarton Chamber Concerts). He was one of the founders of the National Symphony Orchestra outreach program "National Symphony Orchestra in Your Neighborhood," developing and producing chamber concerts with NSO musicians throughout the Washington metropolitan region from 1992 through 1994. He is president of Potomac Productions.
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