A native of Mission Hills, Kansas, Jonathan B. Lerner studied vocal performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music-one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed institutions for the study of music in the world--with minors in choral conducting and music education. While at Indiana, Lerner studied voice under the critically acclaimed lyric tenor, Alan Bennett, and participated in numerous choral ensembles and opera choruses, including the Grammy-nominated Singing Hoosiers. Lerner is a well-standing member of various professional organizations, such as the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), Chorus America, and the American Choral Directors Association, for which he served two years as the Vice-President for the IU student chapter.
Jonathan has been called "a rare individual, who possesses not only drive and a huge talent, but a genuine desire to help others and be a positive influence on his community and the world." His wide array of talents and experience make him both an asset to any production, and a director's dream to work with. While primarily a performer, Jonathan is equally adept and passionate about running things from behind the scenes, be it as the director, music director, or even producer!
In the fall semester of 2007, Lerner served as the artistic director for the Indiana Memorial Union Board's production of Godspell—a musical by Stephen Schwartz. In 2009 and 2010, he directed and music directed productions of The Fantasticks, Tick, tick...BOOM!, and Elton John & Tim Rice's AIDA, all produced through Hoosier Musical Productions, a student based production company in Bloomington, Indiana, that Lerner created in the fall of 2008. He served as the Executive Director for the organization until the Fall of 2010.
As a vocalist, Lerner experienced his first international tour in 2004, when he traveled overseas to England, Belgium, and toured across Germany. Highlighting performances included: St. Thomas-Kirche in Leipzig, St. Mary's Cathedral in Cambridge, and two special by-invitation concerts at the home of J.S. Bach in Eisenach. In 2006, Lerner performed in a solo concert at the prestigious Southwest ACDA convention in St. Louis, MO. That same year, he experienced his second international tour, this time across the isles of Ireland. He performed, over a ten day period, in several venues in Galway, Killarney, Shannon, and a special performance in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin on St. Patrick's Day.
For two years, Jonathan served as producer, writer and host of his own morning radio show on WIUX, 99.1 FM, in Bloomington, Indiana. What started out as a bit of a pet project soon became another passion for Lerner. Throughout his time at the station, he acquired skills in almost all phases of radio production. Specialties now include: board operations, programming, and all on-air responsibilities.
Jonathan has performed an extremely wide variety of roles, both leading and supporting, on both stage and screen, in everything from opera, operetta, musical comedy to straight drama. He has been a featured performer with such esteemed organizations as Music Theatre for Young People of Kansas City, The Kansas City Symphony, The Kansas City Lyric Opera, Indiana University Opera & Ballet Theatre, the Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Broadway Comedy Club (NYC), the 13th Street Repertory Company (NYC) and La Muse Venale Acting Troupe. Notable past roles include: Brack Weaver in Kurt Weill's Down in the Valley, Herman in Frank Loesser's The Most Happy Fella, Jesus in GODSPELL, Reverend Shaw Moore in FOOTLOOSE!, Tommy Albright in Brigadoon, Mr. Cladwell in Urinetown, and Daniel in Once on this Island.