Longtime South Coast Music Professor, Orchestra Conductor Dies

Feb 13, 2018

A musician who toured the world with musicians like Mel Torme, but settled in Ventura County where he taught music for generations has died.

Elmer Ramsey was a music professor at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for three decades.

While at CLU he guided the Conejo Symphony Orchestra, which set the ground for the present day New West Symphony. He also launched the Conejo Pops Orchestra, which he conducted for more than four decades.

Ramsey died following a short illness. He was 87 years old.