Pamela Dillard

Conductor, Junior Youth Choir

Mezzo-Soprano, Pamela Dillard, is a performer and an educator.  Frequently, she can be heard in recital, oratorio, and on annual holiday concerts in Atlanta, Augusta, and Florida. She was recently heard singing the role of Marian Anderson in the production Sing Marian Sing, about the life and career of the great American Contralto. Pamela was also a featured artist on the concert “Sisters in Song” performing with Atlanta’s leading female song stylists, celebrating America’s Jazz Divas.  A native Atlantan, Pamela is a Professor of Voice at Spelman College, the Music Specialist for Odyssey Atlanta Elementary, a non-profit summer educational program, and a board member of  Capitol City Opera Company of Atlanta. Pamela is also a member of  the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. where she serves as Corresponding Secretary of the local chapter – MAMA, Inc., and as the Southeastern Region Financial Secretary.

Earning her B.F.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University, Pamela was a recipient of the M.L. King Graduate Fellowship at Boston University where she received a Master of Music.  Her recordings include, Watch and Pray, Spirituals and Art Songs by African American Women Composers and Grant Still’s Highway One both for Videmus.  She is the featured artist on the Grammy nominated soundtrack to Stephen Spielberg’s Amistad.

Pamela made her debut with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, returning the following year to sing the title role in Bizet’s Carmen.  She made her professional operatic debut as Irina in Lost in the Stars with Boston Lyric Opera, returning to sing roles in Béatrice and Bénédict and Falstaff.   She debuted with San Francisco Opera as Victoire in the world premiere of Susa’s The Dangerous Liaisons, also singing roles in Rusalka, Carmen, Manon, and Die Walküre.  Pamela caught the international attention of critics for her stunning portrayal of the title role of Hélène in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ production of La Belle Hélène, returning for consecutive seasons in productions of Falstaff and Madama Butterfly.  She has appeared in operas, concerts, and oratorio on the stages of several american opera companies and orchestras including, Atlanta Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Columbus, Tulsa Opera and Boston, Saint Louis, Colorado, New Haven, and Cobb Symphony Orchestras and The Brooklyn Philharmonic among others. Notable performances are with the Boston Pops during their centennial celebration of Marian Anderson’s birth and singing Bess in the Bennett Concert Suite of Porgy and Bess with Plano Symphony.  Pamela performed internationally with L’Opéra-Comique of Paris, France as Lily Holmes in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Paris, Normandi, Luxembourg, and Spain.  She has sung under the baton of Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles, Keith Lockhart, Yoel Levi, John Williams, Wayne Marshall, David Morrow and others. 

Pamela is the proud mother of a 20 year old son who attends Cornell University.

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