Chip Lamson will be guest conducting the orchestra this week for John Philip Sousa's Semper Fidelis March. Join us on Wednesday at 7 PM in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam and Thursday at 8 PM in Thompson Park, Watertown.
Guy (Chip) Lamson is a music educator with thirty years of high school experience in the Massena Central School District. During his tenure, he taught courses and classes in voice, music theory, composition, music history and literature, guitar, class piano, and music theater, as well as directing mixed choir, women’s chorus and three vocal ensembles. He also directed and conducted both fall and spring musical productions annually. Additionally, he coached both basketball and track. For ten years he was a music director and conductor for Music Theatre North, a regional summer stock theater located in SUNY Potsdam’s Snell Hall. He has served in the New York State School Music Association as sectional festival general chair, choral chair, accompanist, and conductor. Lamson has been a NYSSMA Conference All-State clinician, and a session accompanist for Alfred, Shawnee Press, Hal Leonard, Theodore Presser and other publishers. He has served as both conductor or accompanist for numerous high school jazz festivals in New York. He is a past president of the St. Lawrence County Music Educator’s Association, and has served the SLCMEA All-County Festival as general chair, choral chair, accompanist and conductor. Since retiring from Massena, he has worked at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music as an adjunct professor, teaching functional piano to instrumental music majors, and assisting Carol (Kickie) Britt in both fall and summer course offerings in vocal jazz. For the past two fall semesters, Lamson has directed the Crane Men’s Ensemble. In addition, he serves as a piano accompanist for several dozen Crane instrumental and voice majors. Lamson performs regularly as a keyboard player and vocalist in several blues and rock bands. He has recorded seven CDs, most recently in November of 2014.