Cantor Nathan Lam
Professor of Liturgical Studies
One of the outstanding leaders of the American cantorate, Cantor Nathan Lam is the Dean of the Academy’s Cantorial School, the only institution of its kind in the Western United States. Cantor Lam received his commission as Hazzan from the Cantors Assembly and cantorial certification from Hebrew Union College. For the past 35 years, he has been the cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple, the largest congregation in the world. Cantor Lam is a past international president of the Cantors Assembly and a fellow of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the latter of which awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Music. In June 2009, he led an historic and unprecedented mission which resulted in 100 Cantors returning to Poland, the birthplace of Cantorial music and the center of Cantorial music pre-Word War II. “100 Voices: A Journey Home” is the acclaimed documentary of that mission which the Los Angeles Times called “A profound expression of the healing power of music…deeply affecting. Glorious simply as a concert film but immeasurably more.” Cantor Lam was the founder and creative force behind this international initiative which was done in collaboration with the Cantors Assembly Foundation (of which he serves as president), the Cantors Assembly, the Polish Government and the Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow. He is also one of the producers of the documentary.