- D.M.A., Bassoon Performance and Music Education, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM)
- M.M., Bassoon Performance & Woodwind Pedagogy, University of Colorado at Boulder
- B.M., Bassoon Performance, University of Colorado at Boulder
- B.A., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Dr. Schwalje is the full-time second bassoonist and contrabassonist of the Macau Orchestra. He teaches at the Macau Conservatory, and is also on the faculty of Regis University. Adam has previously served on the faculties of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Preparatory Department. He performs regularly throughout Asia, and is also an active chamber musician and soloist. He has performed with the Colorado Ballet, the Colorado Music Festival, Richmond Symphony (IN), Boulder Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, and others.
Adam is intensely interested in research into various aspects of music education in general, including bassoon pedagogy and reeds in particular. His latest completed project, the orchestral excerpts website bassoonexcerpts.info, made its debut on 22 September 2008. His lecture on Devienne and the aesthetic philosophy of Randall Dipert was well-received at the 2008 Conference of the International Society for the Promotion and Research of Wind Music in Luxembourg. His ear-training software “Building Ears” was selected for a poster session at the Association for Technology in Music Instruction conference in November, 2007. He has also been published in the IDRS Journal. Adam has studied with William Winstead, Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Kim Walker, Per Hannevold, and others.