Lambert, James

Cameron University

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JAMES WILLIAM (Jim) LAMBERT is Professor in the Music Department at Cameron University, Lawton, Oklahoma.  Dr. Lambert has been the Director of Percussion Studies and Conductor of the Cameron University Percussion Ensemble since 1976.  Dr. Lambert has also taught music theory/composition and is also conductor of the Cameron University/Lawton Community Band. Dr. Lambert is timpanist and principal percussionist with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Lambert has been featured twice as a percussion soloist with the LPO. He also performed professionally on percussion with the Waco, Texas, Symphony, the Wichita Falls, Texas, Symphony, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the North Carolina Symphony.

A native of Lampasas, Texas, and a graduate of Monahans (Texas) High School (he was valedictorian of his class), Jim Lambert earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree  (magna cum laude) from Baylor University in 1973, the Master of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1983.  Dr. Lambert is a contributing editor to The Instrumentalist magazine, a new music reviewer for the Percussive Notes journal, and has previously served ten years as a member of the PAS International Board of Directors.

Jim Lambert has performed as percussionist and timpanist with regional symphony orchestras in three states and has been featured as concert marimba soloist on numerous occasions.  He has composed numerous works for percussion ensemble, voice and percussion combination, and concert band. In November of 1990, Lambert was guest percussion performer at the Tubingen International Percussion Festival in Tubingen, Germany. Lambert has been featured with his wife Doris (soprano and pianist) in solo faculty percussion recitals at Cameron University During the 2005-2006 academic year; Dr. Lambert served as the Chair of the Cameron University Faculty Senate. He has also previously served as the Cameron representative to the Chancellor’s Office for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Dr. Lambert was awarded the Governor's Arts Award (State of Oklahoma)--recognizing his efforts in the arts in Lawton. In April 2010, Jim Lambert was awarded the Partner of Choice Award from Cameron University—presented by Cameron University President Cindy Ross.

Jim Lambert is married to Doris Lynn Lambert (soprano, pianist, adjunct voice faculty at Cameron University, and church choir director at nearby Fort Sill's New Post Chapel), and they are the proud parents of University of Oklahoma microbiology graduate Rachel Lambert Hales who is a high school biology teacher at Moore High School (Oklahoma). Doris Lambert is the owner of Bill's Quick Lube at 2510 West Gore. Dr. Lambert and Mrs. Lambert are now grandparents of Micah Andrew Hales.