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.

A 2020 Arts Initiative Grant Winner from ArtsWestchester for her creative project Words Into Music, this original composition project culminated recently in an informal virtual outdoor recording in September: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7PfFOJrJwA Composed in 2020, Words into Music was inspired by her conversations with more than forty individuals from Mount Vernon, NY, who shared stories about family situations, community issues and personal struggles. Their shared soulful emotions gave Pam powerful material to create with musically. Performing on Native American flute, silver flute and bass flute, Pam was joined by oboe and English horn player Jim Ferraiuolo and clarinetist and bass clarinetist Enid Blount Press. A live, public, indoor performance will follow at a future date!

The past three years have featured seven premieres of Pam's original works including Mandolin on the Moon, a quartet for mandolin and (other) strings, 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. In New York City, Pamela presented a performance workshop for The New York Flute Fair and conducted her flute choir composition Homecoming (commissioned by the Hoff-Barthelson Music School), in concerts for the community. Other premieres included her quartet for flute and strings CARA, by the Cara Quartet in NYC and Connecticut. In November, 2019, her Two Journeys was performed in NYC recitals and for high school/university clinics in Havana, Cuba, by Eight Strings and a Whistle. The ensemble recently recorded Two Journeys for an upcoming release.

Other composition highlights include performances and a premiere of her woodwind quintet Green Awakening commissioned & premiered by the award-winning ensemble Englewinds. Pam's sonata for violin and piano The Ocean We Want was composed for an environmental sustainability theme and presented as in Madrid, Spain. Other premieres/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. .

Additional notable performances of Pam's music include works for mixed instruments presented for the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, and other works 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 score of Spell 166 for five 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.

For two seasons Pamela was an award-winning flutist & composer for performances and a recording of New York Tapestries from New York Women Composers for her new duo 2Flutes with Laura Falzon. Pam continues to perform original plus varied music for flute, alto flute, bass flute & Native American flute in concerts, including 2Flutes' 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, Northern Westchester Flutes, Ramapo Valley Chamber Ensemble, the River Trio, Threeds, Hoff-Barthelson Music School/other schools & Summer music camp programs 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 outstanding 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.