Soprano singer Pamela Hoiles was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles from where she graduated as a Drama Major.
After completing her degree, Ms. Hoiles went to Rome for one year in order to study with the eminent vocal coach Maria Theresa Pediconi of the St. Cecilia Academy. Subsequently, Ms. Hoiles has worked with various other outstanding vocal coaches, including Lucille Evans of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently studying voice with Myron McPherson from New York City, the internationally renowned pianist and vocal coach for many opera singers and concert soloists.
Before concentrating on her career as a soloist, Ms Hoiles performed throughout the United States and Europe as a singing actress recreating roles in plays such as The Mikado, The Beggar’s Opera, and Die Fledermaus. In 1993 she was a Kenly Player in the Ohio production of the 1956 version of The Student Prince that starred Jerome Hines. More recently, she played Nettie in Carousel in 1995 and in 1997 she took on the role of the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music at the Dorset Playhouse in Vermont.
During the last ten years, Ms. Hoiles has concentrated on soloist engagements. She performed in several Christian Science churches around the country and in 1993, she accepted an invitation of her hometown Colorado Springs to be the guest soloist for the 100th Anniversary celebration of the song “America the Beautiful” which was written in Colorado Springs.
In addition to her classical repertoire, Ms. Hoiles’ interests also extend to modern music, particularly Wagner. In November of 1993, Ms. Hoiles sang the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde with the Lima Ohio Symphony Orchestra as well as Wagner’s “Wesendonk Lieder”, which she also introduced to Polish audiences with the Chamber Orchestra of Capella Cracoviensis in Cracow, Poland in 1998. She also gave a recital of works of Robert Schumann and the Bridal Scene from Lohengrin together with tenor Charles Walker of New York at the Southern Vermont Art Center, as well as in Connecticut and New York.
In the past six years, Ms. Hoiles focused on performing French and German music. In 1999, she presented a program of songs by Debussy, Ravel and Chausson in Manchester Center, Vermont and also in the Polish cities of Warsaw and Crakow with members of the Capella Cracoviensis Chamber Orchestra. A concert with the Hungarian National Orchestra in Budapest included the performance of five songs written by Richard Struass. While touring Russia and Hungary in June of 2001, Ms. Hoiles sang the rareley performed “Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer”. In the fall of that same year in Cracow, Poland, she interpreted Alban Berg’s challenging “Seven Early Songs” and on a lighter note a group of popular American songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and others.
In 2002, Ms. Hoiles had a concert tour in Bulgaria, Romania, Prague and Vienna singing Ravel’s “Shéhérazade,” which she also recorded with the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow in addition to Wagner’s “Wesendonk Lieder” and the “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde.
Ms. Hoiles’ most recent engagements include a recital tour in Bulgaria featuring Chausson’s “Poème de la Mer et de l’Amour,” Wagner’s “Liebestod” and five songs by Richard Strauss. At the Festival of the Arts in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, Ms. Hoiles performed the Strauss songs as well as three Irish poems set to music by American composer Charles Griffes, which she also presented at a concert given in the Ukraine. She performed Songs of Broadway and the Charles Griffes songs, in Assisi and Fermo, Italy, in a program including basso-baritone Kevin Deas with the Orchestra Cittą di Ravenna under the direction of Maestro Alan Chircop. These appearances on November 20 and 22, 2005, were followed by a concert in the venerable Manoel Theater in Valletta, Malta on November 29 where she shared the bill with baritone Chris Pedro Trakas. Pamela appeared on March 28, 2006, in a concert of pop standards with baritones Chris Pedro Trakas and Ken Festa backed by theTex Arnold Trio at the Centre Cultural Christiane Peugeot in Paris with a reprise performance on June 9 in Greenwich, CT.
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