Cameron May is Music Director of SOGO and Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College. Though a native of Portland, Oregon, Mr. May came to Olympia from Champaign, Illinois, where he was Music Director of the Illini Strings at the University of Illinois. Mr. May’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.
Mr. May 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, Mr. May studied with William Hunt, Cynthia Raxter, and Charles Wetherbee.