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honor Orchestra

Orchestra Audition Parts

Application deadline is Wednesday, October 11th.

Audition Date: Wednesday, October 24th, at Mountain View HS. Auditions begin at 5:00pm

  • Audition cost is $5 payable to the school you attend. You will not have a reserved audition time until payment is made. (Teachers: you will be invoiced for your student’s audition fe and any accepted student fees similar to solo ensemble fees.)

  • Audition times will take place between 5pm and 8pm. Please block this time out on your calendar. Unfortunately, we cannot accept time requests.Audition times will take place between

Audition Application Deadline:

  •  Students: submit application to your music teacher by Thursday, October 11th

  •  Teachers: submit application information to group coordinator by Friday, Oct. 12th.

  • If accepted to participate a $30 participation fee will need to be paid to your school. You will receive a letter of acceptance with more information. (Teachers: you will be invoiced for your student’s audition fee and any accepted student fees similar to solo ensemble fees.) If ac

  • Teachers: Once submitted to the online form the audition fee is non-refundable. Once accepted as a participant the participation fee is also non-refundable.

LCRMEA Honor Group Rehearsal Dates

*If you cannot attend ALL listed dates and times for all rehearsals and the concert, please do not audition for the group. A missed rehearsal will result in you being removed from the group. There can be no exceptions to this rule.

10/24 WED. Auditions @ MVHS 5:00pm start
11/28 WED. Rehearsal #1 @ Thomas Jefferson Middle School 7-9p
12/5 WED. Rehearsal #1 @ Fort Vancouver HS 7-9p
12/12 WED. Rehearsal #2 @ Fort Vancouver HS 7-9p
12/14 FRI. Rehearsal all day with concert in the evening. @ Fort Vancouver HS

guest conductors


Cameron May is the Music Director of the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (WA), and a Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College. 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 was previously a conductor of the University of Colorado Middle School String Ensemble for three years, and returns to Portland each summer to serve on the faculty of the Chamber Music Camp of Portland.

Cameron's guest conducting appearances include engagements with the University of Illinois Chamber, Philharmonia and Symphony Orchestras, the University of Colorado’s Pendulum New Music series, the Portland Festival Symphony Orchestra, 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 such soloists as internationally-renowned 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.


Dawn Carter is currently in her thirteenth season as the concertmaster of PSCO. She has had the honor of being concertmaster for the Vancouver Symphony, Portland State University Orchestra, and Portland Youth Philharmonic. Ms. Carter has also played numerous performances with the Oregon Symphony, the Honolulu, Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and the Boise Philharmonic.

Dawn is in her 11th season of directing Chamber Music Camp of Portland and Stradivari Academy, where she teaches and runs a chamber music program for 110+ students each summer. At this festival, she has also performed chamber music with artists Diane Chaplin, Hamilton Cheifetz, Fritz Gearhart, and Brian Quincey.

Ms. Carter is very excited to have recently formed the Vancouver Youth Chamber Orchestras. She loves teaching and helping students move from beginning chamber groups to professional players.

Dawn received both her Bachelors and Masters of Music in Violin Performance at Portland State University where she studied with Carol Sindell. She also studied and played in numerous master classes for teachers including Joseph Gingold, James Buswell, Herbert Greenberg, and Michael Foxman. Ms. Carter has been the recipient of full scholarships to the Great Woods Institute of Music outside of Boston, directed by Michael Tilson Thomas, and the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, where she performed under the batons of Yoel Levi and Catherine Comet.

Ms. Carter’s recordings with the Oregon Symphony include, Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps, The Firebird Suite (1919). James DePriest, conductor. Delos VR2, DE 3278, and Enrich Wolfgang Korngold, The Sea Hawk, Symphony in F-Sharp.

Ms. Carter was part of the Portland delegation that toured Sapporo, Japan in 1993 playing concerts during the 35th anniversary of the Sister City program between Portland and Sapporo. In 1989, she toured Europe as concertmaster of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and performed in 5 countries and in many halls including Bruckner Hall.

Dawn and her husband Jonathan are the parents of four children Katie, Isabelle, and twins Jackson and Jessica Adeline. Dawn loves to play chamber music with her children.

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