American-born tenor Joshua Lanam has worked as a music director and educator in musical theatre, jazz, choral and instrumental music. Most recently, he was the musical director of Studio 54 The Musical, which had its world premiere at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. As the vocal director of the Pickerington High School North Theatre, Ohio, USA, he brought proper vocal technique to the stage, which aided the department in earning USA Weekend magazine's highest national award for Disney's High School Musical. As a choral conductor and clinician, he has directed choral ensembles of varied ages and his chosen repertoire represents a wide range of genres, including English madrigals, Baroque motets, African-American spirituals, and twentieth-century music, among many others.
Mr Lanam has performed in recital and as a soloist with various ensembles in Ohio and England. His collaboration with his wife, percussionist and musicologist Faith Lanam, has led to multiple performances for voice and marimba. While studying at the Conservatory of Music at Capital University, he performed for four years with the Chapel Choir. Most notably the Chapel Choir collaborated with contemporary composer Eric Whitacre in a number of recording sessions, performances, and premieres. While studying in Goldsmiths College, University of London, Mr Lanam performed as Tamino in OperaGold’s production of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. He has recorded albums with the Boston Brass and Capital University’s Chapel Choir, Symphonic Winds, and Trombone Quartet.
Mr Lanam has studied opera performance with Nan Christie and Gene Allen and choral conducting with Dr Lynda Hasseler, Dr Sandra Mathias, and David Vinden. He has performed under the direction of Dr Lynda Hasseler, Joe Miller, David Hill, Eric Whitacre, Dr Simon Lindley, Dr Sandra Mathias, Dr Kerry Glann, Alessandro Siciliani, Dr Jerry Blackstone, Richard D Mathey, Craig Courtney, Dr Clive McClelland, Dr Bryan White, Dr Edward Maclary, Dr Barry Kopetz, Dr Thomas Zugger, Paul Droste, Dr Jon Woods, George Edge, James Swearingen, Robert W. Smith, Dr David Gillingham, David Holsinger, W Francis McBeth, Philip Sparke, Donald McGinnis, Dr Tony Zilincik, and Nicholas J Perrini, among others. In 2007, Mr Lanam was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University.
Prior to moving to England, Mr Lanam was a member of the American Choral Directors’ Association, the Organization of American Kodály Educators, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Ohio Choral Directors’ Association, and the Ohio Music Education Association, as well as many school and district-level committees involving music curriculum construction and cultural diversity.