Los Angeles, California, who studied at Mannes College of Music, Stanford
University, and UCLA, who was an original member of Columbia University's
Group for Contemporary Music. Other
ensembles with whom she has worked include the Camerata
String Quartet and the Stanford Music Players. She is equally at home in a big
orchestra, as evidenced by her work with the American Symphony Orchestra,
under the baton of Leopold Stokowski, and the Lincoln Center Chamber
Orchestra. A champion of
contemporary music, her musical adventures have ranged from her premiere on
the West Coast of the "Viola Concerto" of Hans Werner Henze to a live performance on electric viola (and wah-wah pedal, no less) with Frank Zappa. Artists and groups with whom she
has recorded include
Paul Anka, Elmer
Harry Connick, Jr., Neil
Diamond, Earth, Wind & Fire, Five for Fighting, Jerry
Iglesias, Steve Jablonsky, Earl Klugh, Lisa Loeb, Barry Manilow, Roy
Orbison, Noel Pointer, Kenny
J.D. Souther, 10,000 Maniacs, and Lee Ann Womack. As you can tell from the
aforementioned list, she is no stranger to the movie studio: A few of the films she has worked on
include The Color Purple, Eight Legged Freaks, Groundhog Day, The Italian Job, Million
Dollar Baby, The Princess Diaries,
Sin City, Titanic, and War of the
Worlds. For her efforts,
she has received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences'
Most Valuable Player emeritus award.
Pamela is a member of the International Viola Society, with whom she
serves in the capacity of secretary, and has written several useful
articles for a variety of journals.
She has also passed along her expertise to a new generation of
budding violists in the hallowed halls of CSU-Fullerton, CSU-Los Angeles,
Stanford University, and the USC Thornton School of Music, where she serves
as Adjunct Professor.