Cameron May

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Cameron May is Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College and Music Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia. At SPSCC, Cameron conducts the SPSCC Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in music theory, ear training, music fundamentals, and college and career success. Though a native of Portland, Oregon, Cameron came to Olympia from Champaign, Illinois, where he was Music Director of the Illini Strings at the University of Illinois. Cameron previously served on the faculty of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland, and as a conductor of the University of Colorado Middle School String Ensemble.

Cameron's guest conducting appearances include engagements with the Portland Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Lower Columbia River Music Educators' Association High School Honor Orchestra, the University of Illinois Chamber, Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras, the University of Colorado’s Pendulum New Music series, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. A strong advocate of collaboration in the musical arts, Cameron has conducted performances or premieres of works by several contemporary composers, including Morgan Denney, Carolyn Quick, Steffen Schmidt, and Stephen Andrew Taylor, and collaborated with internationally-renowned soloists such as soprano Cyndia Sieden and Beethoven scholar and performer William Kinderman.

Cameron received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His additional conducting study includes masterclasses and workshops in Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Texas, and Bulgaria with pedagogues such as Mark Gibson, Jeffrey Grogan, Gary Lewis, Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, and Osmo Vanska. As a violinist, Cameron studied with William Hunt, Cynthia Raxter, and Charles Wetherbee.