Conductors

LMSO Conductor, Dr. Andrew Gowan is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. His experiences include successful teaching in the schools of Bolivar, TN, the Briarcrest Schools of Memphis, TN, and Lander University in Greenwood, SC.  Dr. Gowan joined the School of Music faculty at the University of South Carolina in 1984 and has been involved with the marching and concert bands, music education and conducting classes, and woodwind instruction. He has served as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator of bands, orchestras, and choirs in more than a dozen states. Dr. Gowan's original compositions and arrangements for woodwinds are published by Northeastern Music Publications, Inc., and his research articles have appeared in "The Instrumentalist" and the "Journal of Band Research." As a professional saxophonist he has performed with such entertainers as Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Les Elgart, the Four Tops, and the Temptations.

Dr. Gowan is presently serving as Executive Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies in the University of South Carolina School of Music.

LMSO Conductor, Dr. Jerry Gatch from Columbia, South Carolina, served as Director of Bands at Lexington High School for twenty years and conducted the South Carolina Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from 2002 to 2013.  Dr. Gatch earned a Master of Music Degree in Theory & Composition and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina.  Aside from his professional duties at Newberry College, he is active as an adjudicator, clinician, conductor, arranger, and performer.  Dr. Gatch's professional performance experiences include playing horn in the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony, the Florence Symphony, the Palmetto Concert Band, and with national acts including Rich Little, Johnny Mathis, and Dizzy Gillespie.   He has judged concert and marching band events nationwide, has been awarded the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence seven times, was elected to the John Philip Sousa Foundation's BandWorld Legion of Honor, and in 2013 was inducted into the South Carolina Band Directors Hall of Fame.

Dr. Gatch is currently serving as Director of Bands at Newberry College.

Conductor and Artistic Director Emeritus

Dr. Einar Anderson served as conductor and artistic director of the Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra from its inception in 2004 until May 2017.

A native of Chicago, he earned a Master's Degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California. In addition, he also holds academic degrees from Stanford and Harvard Universities.  His credits include ten years as director of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as numerous appearances as guest conductor in the USA, Europe, Korea, and South America.  For ten years, Dr. Anderson served as Artistic Director of the Lutheran Bach Choir of South Carolina.   Active for many years as a horn artist, he has played with the San Diego Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City,  the Corpus Christi Symphony and was a founding member of the Palmetto Brass