- O Rising Dawn
Adam received his musical training at The University of Iowa, where he
studied piano, organ and orchestral conducting, and received the Bachelor
of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano. He had further training
as an organist at the Eastman School of Music, and holds the Performer's
Certificate in Organ.
1993, Joseph Adam was appointed Cathedral Organist at St. James Cathedral;
in addition to his duties as principal
organist for the cathedral, he also oversees the ongoing restoration of
the Cathedral's historic 1907 Hutchings-Votey organ. He is also member of
the affiliate artist faculty at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma,
where he teaches organ and harpsichord in the School of Music and
Community Music divisions.
Adam is a prize winner in numerous competitions. In 1991, he received the
First Prize in the St. Albans International Organ Competition. He made his
European recital debut at the Bavokerk in Haarlem, the Netherlands, and
has since played recitals in England, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy and
France, as well as the United States. His appearances have included
performances at the national conventions of numerous professional organizations, including
the American Guild of Organists, the National Association of Pastoral
Musicians, the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, and the
Organ Historical Society.
has served as a member of the American Guild of Organists National
Committee for the Regional Competitions for Young Organists, and is a past
Dean of the Seattle chapter of the A.G.O.; he served as chair of the
performances committee of the A.G.O. National Convention held in Seattle
in July, 2000.