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Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton, the son of the late Dr. Oscar and Mrs. Mae Dell Hamilton, was born in the small southwest Arkansas town of Foreman With an interest in music stemming from childhood, Hamilton earned a music scholarship to attend Henderson State University in Arkadelphia where he studied piano and voice He graduated in 1976 with a bachelor s degree in music education.

From Arkansas, Hamilton traveled to Florida to work as a performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where he would meet talent manager, Tommy Molinaro. This fateful meeting would prove to be a life-changing encounter, as Molinaro would invite Hamilton to come to New York to audition for the famed actor/director Geoffrey Holder. This marked the beginning of Hamilton’s bold and creative career in the performing arts, leading to performances on Broadway in Sophisticated Ladies The Wiz, Uptown – Its Hot Porgy and Bess Big River Play On!, and Jellys Last Jam among others. Hamilton has been a member of the Southern Ballet Theater, Brooklyn Dance Theater, Ballet Tap USA, and the Arkansas Opera Theater He has performed in concert with the legendary Lena Horne, at the White House for President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, and at the Vatican for Pope John H. Hamilton’s career has also led to a stint as musical director for the renowned opera legend Jessye Norman, as well as vocal coach/arranger for the pop group New Kids on the Block

Currently, Hamilton is the director of choral music at Philander Smith College, one of Arkansas” historically Black institutions. He says his inspirations to persevere and strive for excellence are “God’s grace, the teachings of my late parents, and my 106-year-old grandmother, Mrs. Mary L Russell of Ashdown, Arkansas.