“As a northwest native, I am beyond delight to be returning ‘home’ to join the SOGO team and find my place in Olympia’s musical community. My top priority as Music Director is an always-fulfilling musical experience, and I am eager to discover how we can all work together most effectively to achieve that.” ~ Cameron May
Music Director & Conductor beginning 2018-2019 season
Cameron May joins SOGO as Music Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra beginning with the 2018-19 season. Though a native of Portland, Oregon, Cameron comes to Olympia from Champaign, Illinois, where he is finishing a graduate degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under the tutelage of Donald Schleicher. At Illinois, Cameron is Music Director of the Illini Strings and a graduate teaching assistant in the orchestral conducting department. A strong advocate of collaboration in the musical arts, Cameron led the University of Illinois Philharmonia in a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto, Op. 15, with internationally-renowned Beethoven scholar and performer William Kinderman in February, 2018. In April, he will bring together the Illini Strings, Illini Women and University Chorus, as well as combining the Illini Strings and Philharmonia for a large-scale performance of Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Cameron has conducted performances or premieres of works by several contemporary composers, including Morgan Denney, Carolyn Quick, Steffen Schmidt, and Stephen Andrew Taylor. (more…)
Join SOGO’s Prelude Strings (1-2 years experience)
Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) is providing a free* after-school program for eight weeks, this fall. The class will be taught by Rebecca Gage. Ms. Gage has over 20 years of successful teaching experience (beginning-high school) and is currently an orchestra teacher with the North Thurston School District.
Enrollment is open to any elementary or middle school string player with one or two years of experience. If your school orchestra teacher has given you this handout, they believe this would be a great experience for you. (more…)
Schedule an appointment TODAY by calling 360.352.1438!
Experience weekly rehearsals with professional conductors and teaching artists and performances on the Washington Center stage. This and much more, including music theory and history add to a challenging opportunity afforded to young musicians in the South Sound area.
Call SOGO’s office at 360-352-1438 for a placement audition time. There is a $45 non-refundable fee charged for the audition ($35 during May 2018).
Tuition: $450 – Debut Orchestra, $475 – Academy Orchestra, and $550 – Conservatory Orchestra for a full season. Musicians placed after the first concert pay 70% and after the second concert 40% of the full tuition fee.
For information about the placement audition process, go to our Join SOGOpage.
REHEARSAL: 5pm – 7:15pm
Advanced musicians (high school – college)
Mr. May, Music Director & Conductor
REHEARSAL: 4:30 – 5:15pm
Members of the Conservatory Orchestra
Mr. Allison, Conductor
Ms. Ward, Assist. Conductor
REHEARSAL: 3pm – 4:45pm
Intermediate (middle to early high school)
Mr. Allison, Artistic Director & Conductor
DEBUT ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL: 3pm – 4:45pm
Two years experience – early middle school
Jennifer Marin & Travis Sipher, Conductors