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Pamela Ryan

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Phone 850-644-5732

Office KMU 326C

Pamela Ryan, Professor of Viola at Florida State University, will perform the consortium premier of Joel Puckett’s viola concerto, I lie awake and remember, with conductor Rodney Dorsey and the FSU Wind Orchestra in April 2024. Pamela has performed many concertos with orchestras, most recently the Vaughan Williams Suite for Viola and Chamber Orchestra at FSU with conductor Alexander Jiménez in 2023, and the Bartók Viola Concerto with conductor Darius Mikulski and the Shulman Theme and Variations with conductor Gudni Emilsson of the Thailand Philharmonic.

Ryan has been a chamber music collaborator/faculty artist for summer festivals including Aspen, Brevard, Yellow Barn, Schlern/Italy, Green Mountain, Idyllwild and Bowdoin, and recorded critically praised chamber music for Naxos and the Canadian Broadcasting Company labels. Ryan was the violist of the Bowling Green String Quartet, working with composer George Crumb, and touring Carnegie Hall and Mexico City. As a guest chamber musician, Ryan has returned to Seventh Species (Oregon) and the Amelia Island Festival. Ryan served as principal violist of the Southwest Florida Symphony/Sanibel Chamber Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony (28 years). As researcher of Balinese rebab masters, she performed rebab with gamelans in Bali and San Francisco. Ryan has performed regularly as a jazz violist with JazzEtcetera of Tallahassee since 2010.

Ryan won the Aspen Young Artist Viola Concerto Competition, the FSU University Teaching Award and several research grants, and has been praised by the American Record Guide for “superb technique and musicianship.” She gave the collegiate viola master class at the American String Teachers national conference, and presented for ASTA at several national conferences. She has been a soloist, presenter, featured journal author, adjudicator and national board member for the American Viola Society and has given a jazz workshop for the International Viola Society/AVS conference (Columbus 2022), and a lecture recital at the IVS/Thailand Viola Society conference (Salaya 2023). A dedicated teacher and adjudicator, she is proud of her former students holding leadership positions in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and schools on 5 continents worldwide.

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