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, directs the SPSCC Jazz Band, and teaches courses in ear training and music fundamentals. 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. Additional guest conducting appearances include engagements with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Lower Columbia River Music Educators' Association High School Honor Orchestra, and university and youth orchestras in Colorado, Illinois, and Oregon.

From 2015 to 2019, Cameron served first as a college intern and then on the teaching faculty of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland. 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. Cameron studied violin with William Hunt, Cynthia Raxter, and Charles Wetherbee, and his primary conducting teacher was Donald Schleicher. 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, and Osmo Vanska.

Cameron continues to maintain his violin playing through his position as Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the League of American Orchestras, and the National Association for Music Education. When not conducting, teaching, or playing violin, Cameron can be found reading on his back porch, walking in the woods, or going out of his way to chase after Amtrak trains.