Music Theory; African American Music
Pamela Wood is a voice teacher, frequent clinician, choral conductor, and soprano soloist who has made solo appearances with Boston, Chicago, Israel, London, New York, San Francisco Symphony Orchestras and a Caribbean recital tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department. She toured several continents performing the music of Steve Reich.
Wood has appeared as soprano soloist with the New York, San Francisco, London and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras, and has concertized throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. She has been recorded on the Angel, ECM, Nonesuch, and Revels labels. She has been acclaimed for her performances of monodramatic operas including Argento's Miss Havisham's Wedding Night and Van de Vate's A Night in the Royal Ontario Museum; recognized by MIT as a Black Achiever; and hailed for her solo performance at Tech Night at POPS. In demand as a workshop clinician in the areas of voice, solfège, and folk song research, Wood serves as a member of the Boards of Director of the Kodaly Center of America and the Arts/LearningBoard of Directors. She also teaches as a Senior Lecturer at MIT and at the Kodaly Music Institute (KMI) New England Conservatory.
Professional achievements and awards include the 1996 Massachusetts Cultural Council Professional Development Award, the 1996 Opera stipend at Great Woods, the 1994 MIT Black Achiever Award, the 1981 National Association of Teachers of Singing Award, the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Company's Sponsors and Patrons Award. In 1966, Wood was initiated into the Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.
Studies in opera, vocal performance and music education at Howard University, Yale Summer School, Longy School of Music, Kodály Center of America, Kodály Musical Training Institute, and University of Massachusetts/Lowell. Former faculty of National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc., Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts, Boston. Senior lecturer and coordinator of sight-singing classes at MIT since 1987.