Cathedral Music Staff
Canon Ben Lane is the Cathedral Musician of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke (Episcopal) in downtown Orlando, where he has led a diverse music ministry and an extensive concert series since 1991. He is active as a conductor, concert artist, teacher, clinician, composer, and consultant.
He has recorded nine CDs with St. Luke’s choirs, and is the director of several choirs, including the renowned Orlando Boys Choir and Girls Choir, who are affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music.
His choirs have toured to cathedrals and concert halls in England, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, Washington DC, the Bahamas, much of Florida and the eastern US, and New York City with three performances in Carnegie Hall.
Canon Lane has served churches in Chicago and Wisconsin, and previously taught and directed music at Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary near Milwaukee. For the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, he has chaired the Diocesan Liturgy and Music Commission, and has coordinated and taught the nationally acclaimed Leadership Program for Musicians, offering continuing education for professional church musicians. He has been the Sub-Dean of the Central Florida Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has also served as its Chaplain.
He holds degrees in organ performance and church music from the University of Southern Mississippi and Northwestern University, and pursued doctoral studies in musicology at the University of Chicago, plus graduate studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. His many compositions include choral, vocal, and liturgical works, and some are published by St. James Music Press.
Soprano and Director of The Cathedral Choristers
Soprano Melissa Ramb is the Director of Choristers at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. She grew up at the Cathedral and feels blessed to serve in the parish that helped shape her both spiritually and musically. An honors graduate of both Wake Forest University (Bachelor of Arts) and University of Tennessee (Masters of Music), she has performed in opera, oratorio, concert, and musical theater throughout the United States and abroad.
She has directed the Children’s and Training Choirs at St. James Cathedral, teaches voice privately, is a certified Music Together teacher, and an author with articles published in the internationally distributed magazine, Classical Singer. As a soloist, she has performed with numerous groups including the Orlando Opera Company, Chattanooga Symphony & Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, the Lake Placid Institute, First Coast Opera, the Orlando Philharmonic, and First Presbyterian Church Orchestra and Choir.
An avid fan of modern music, she has collaborated to premiere and perform works by composers including Canon Benjamin Lane, Robert Schaefer, Dan Locklair, Dave Brubeck, and George Atwell. In 2008 she was granted a Professional Artist Grant from United Arts of Central Florid to help premiere Atwell’s Millennium Mass at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ms. Ramb has trained under internationally acclaimed Metropolitan Opera sopranos Pamela Coburn and Stella Zambalis. In addition to singing and choral training, she enjoys time with her husband and two daughters.