LMSO Conductors

LMSO Conductor and Music Director 

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 recently retired from serving as Executive Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies in the University of South Carolina School of Music.

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LMSO Conductor

Patrick F. Casey completed a 38-year career in music education in spring 2022 as Coordinator of Music Education at Newberry College. He now remains professionally active as the music director of the Newberry Chamber Orchestra, and as President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association “Higher Education” division.

Casey’s time in South Carolina follows a visiting appointment in music education at Middle Tennessee State University and a five-year tenure in Germany as a vocal and instrumental music educator with the U.S. Department of Defense schools.  His return to primary and secondary teaching in Germany succeeded twenty-three years of instrumental instruction in post-secondary education, with temporary posts at Oregon State and the University of Oregon, then [post-doctoral] appointments at the University of Dayton, the University of Central Missouri, Virginia Tech, and a visiting year at Indiana University, Bloomington.  His professional conducting experience includes leadership posts with the Fountain City (Kansas City) Brass Band, the Rheinland-Pfalz International Choir, and the Eugene (OR) Symphonic Band.  He and his wife, Alice Ramirez, reside in Newberry.  

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