Joseph Adam is Resident Organist for the Seattle Symphony. He has been Cathedral Organist at St. James Cathedral in Seattle since 1993, and a faculty member at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma for the past 15 years.
As part of the 10th-anniversary celebration of Benaroya Hall’s Watjen Concert Organ in October 2010, Adam performed organ concertos by Handel and Hanson with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Orchestra. Adam also performed organ concertos by Handel with conductor Nicholas McGegan in January 2010.
Highlights include performances at Chartres Cathedral, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the Bavokerk and the Basilica of St. Bavo in Haarlem (Netherlands), and at cathedrals in St. Albans, Newcastle and Chester, England; Mainz, Magdeburg and Erfurt, Germany; Pécs, Hungary; and Vienna and Graz, Austria. U.S. performances include Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, St. Paul’s Cathedral in Pittsburgh, Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston, and the National Shrine in Washington, D.C. Adam also presents bi-monthly recital-demonstrations on the Watjen Concert Organ in Benaroya Hall. Upcoming recital-demonstrations take place on June 4 (French Masterpieces) and August 6 (Canadian Organ Music) and begin at 12:30pm. In July 2004 Adam was one of three organists to take part in the inaugural performances of the Glatter-Götz/Rosales Organ at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, which was also part of the National Convention of the American Guild of Organists. Adam has given annual recitals at Benaroya Hall since 2003.
Awards and Prizes include First Prize in the St. Albans International Organ Competition in 1991.
Recordings by Joseph Adam are available on the Loft, Gothic and Ambassador labels.
Adam received undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano from the University of Iowa, and a Performer’s Certificate in Organ from the Eastman School of Music.