Composer Biography

Pamela Sklar, composer and flutist. Photo by nestor kyritsis
Pamela Sklar, composer and flutist. Photo by nestor kyritsis

Praised as “...the listener is transformed into another time and place...hauntingly beautiful...full of colors...excellent...mastery." (the Flutist Quarterly) for her debut recording A Native American-Jazz Tribute/A Tune for America, and described as "Magical sound...expertly written, Sklar creates a fascinating exploration of Ancient Egypt using contemporary sound” (Fanfare Magazine) for her Silver Pharaoh/An Original Tribute to Ancient Egypt recording, Pamela is a published composer of chamber music who writes for unusual combinations of instruments.

2019 premieres of her works include a quartet for mandolin and (other) strings, Mandolin on the Moon, written for members of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra and presented at the Hudson River Museum Planetarium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, and a New York City performance workshop for The New York Flute Fair, with Pamela conducting her commissioned flute choir Homecoming. Other recent composition highlights include her woodwind quintet Green Awakening commissioned & premiered by the award-winning ensemble Englewinds, and a violin sonata The Ocean We Want composed for an environmental sustainability theme and presented in Madrid, Spain. Other recent performances in Madrid and Manhattan include her quartet The Chains of Love inspired by Cervantes' poem, co-featuring mezzo soprano with flutes and piano, presented by Mujeres en Musica in 2017 & 2018.

Other notable performances of Pam's music include works for mixed instruments presented for the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, and other pieces written for double reeds presented by Threeds Oboe Trio at the International Double Reed Society Conference in New York City. Two of her compositions- Silver Pharaoh and The Sky, the Earth and the Afterworld can be heard on Threed's cd Palette.

A copy of her quintet score of Spell 166 for various flutes and organ is included in the Special Collection of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; a featured slide show of Pam's inspired improvisation Heritage can be heard and viewed on Native Dream.

In 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, Pamela was a grant award winner for performances and a recording of New York Tapestries from New York Women Composers for her new duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon. Pamela Sklar continues to premiere/perform original music for flute, bass flute & Native American flute including 2Flutes' upcoming appearance on September 25th in New York City.

New York-area ensembles who have premiered/performed, commissioned and/or presented Pamela's music repeatedly, include Angels in the Chamber, the Blues Mothers, Intuition Quartet, the Cambiata Duo, Cara Quartet, Double Entendre, Eight Strings and a Whistle, Englewinds, Hoff-Barthelson Music School, Northern Westchester Flutes, Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble, the River Trio, Threeds, other schools & music camp programs elsewhere, and individuals including Joyce Balint, William Anderson, Isabel Pérez Dobarro and Anna Tonna.

Pamela Sklar's composing career evolved naturally as an extension of her performing career. Many years of listening, playing professionally with great artists and improvising co-created her original voice. Her first work Flutes From the Other Side was published in 2008. She remains equally passionate about playing and writing, and looks forward to hearing (and performing) her compositions.