Joseph 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.
In 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.
Joseph 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.
He 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.