A native of Massachusetts, Raymond Lam holds a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Thomas Martin, Associate Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying with Dr. Linda Bartley, and has also been a student at the Aspen Music Festival and School in the studio of Theodore Oien, Principal Clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Ray has played under the batons of Marin Alsop, James Conlon, James DePreist, Guillermo Figueroa, Asher Fisch, George Manahan, Hugh Wolf, and others. He has performed in Boston's historic Jordan Hall and Symphony Hall, and was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has performed with the Aspen Opera Theater Center as Principal Clarinetist for the production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor and for productions of the Boston Opera Collaborative. A versatile performer, Ray has been an artist with the Boston New Music Initiative. He has appeared in recitals in Madison, Boston, and Aspen, and has been an invited soloist for the concert series at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
As an experienced private clarinet instructor for many years, Ray has guided students to successes in honors ensembles and state competitions. Ray has taught privately in both the Madison and Boston Areas, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels.