About Pamela Sklar
Born in New York City, Pamela Sklar performs as a soloist, composer, in ensembles and recording studios. Based in Westchester County she has performed at Caramoor, for SongCatchers, local & regional orchestras, ArtsWestchester, and as a composer for the nationally recognized Hoff-Barthelson Music School. Recent 2014 recordings and performances include debuts of her original music by Threeds Oboe Trio for the International Double Reed Society Conference at NYU and inclusion of two originals on their newest cd Palette. For the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, Pamela was featured as a composer & performer.
A 2014-2015 season grant-winner from New York Women Composers for her new duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon, Pamela Sklar recently premiered her newest piece for flute, bass flute & Native American flute in New York-area performances.
A studio musician, Pamela can be heard playing for jingles, film soundtracks, including the current Space Show- Dark Universe (by Robert Miller) at the Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, and in the orchestra for Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga's Cheek to Cheek cd. A live performance and broadcasts of this music from Jazz at Lincoln Center were recently featured on PBS. Upcoming recordings include her performing on alto flute for John Pizzarelli's newest cd at the request of Sir Paul McCartney.
"A master of control and dynamics" (The Boston Globe) and "A wonderful and inventive flutist and composer" (The Flute View), Pamela Sklar was praised for her original debut cd A Native American-Jazz Tribute (A Tune for America) as "hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery" by the National Flute Association's Flutist Quarterly Magazine. Her 2nd cd Silver Pharaoh (An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt) is described as "magical sound...expertly written. Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using contemporary sound. Well worth exploring." (Colin Clarke, Fanfare/Arkivmusic.com). Released by MSR Classics World Premiere Recordings in 2013, Silver Pharaoh combines classical, world, and chamber music with jazz-infused solos. A published composer of chamber music, her music is performed by colleagues in NY-area ensembles. Her composition Spell 166 for five flutes & organ (from Silver Pharaoh) is included in the Special Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, and her two original slide shows can be heard on YouTube: PamSklarComposer.
She believes in giving back to her community; writing &/or arranging music for her private students and colleagues, performing with them in homeless shelters, orphanages, senior centers, hospitals, and schools. A creative collaborator performing Classical, originals & other styles of music she performs as a guest/member with Classical & non-Classical artists improvising, composing, recording, presenting & performing dynamic, entertaining and educational programs for NY-area audiences.