Praised for her “rich dramatics” (The Boston Globe), Pamela Stein Lynde is a versatile singer, composer, and music educator. She is currently a composer fellow with American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice Workshop. She was a featured guest composer on the 2015 OME New Music Festival in Phoenix, and has had works commissioned by Patchwork American Song Project, Guided Imagery Opera, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, Poor Puppet, and many others. She has written works for TEDx Carnegie Lake, New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival, and IVY Connect’s debut concert at the DiMenna Center. Her recent composition for mezzo soprano Kayleigh Butcher and pianist Christopher Narloch, as part of The Schoenberg Project, had it’s debut in Chicago at Constellation, and then toured several midwest cities. As a singer, Pamela has performed with Beth Morrison Projects, American Opera Projects, CUSP, Rhymes With Opera, Helix!, Saratoga Fine Arts Festival, Yamaha Concert Artists series, New Music New Haven, Gotham Arts, and Unruly Sounds. She has built a career working with contemporary composers of all levels, from students to internationally recognized artists. She appears as a vocalist on minimalist composer Alexander Turnquist’s album Flying Fantasy, released on Western Vinyl. She is a member of experimental Princeton-based country-techno band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves, which performs frequently throughout Philadelphia, New York, and New Jersey. Pamela is an alumna of the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at Mass MoCA, OperaWorks, SICPP, and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme. She received her Masters degree from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where, upon graduation, she was awarded the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Prize for Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music.
Praised for her “rich dramatics” (The Boston Globe), Pamela Stein Lynde is a versatile soprano, composer, contemporary music performer and music educator.She is currently a composer fellow with American Opera Projects 2017-2019 cycle of Composers & the Voice. She was a featured guest composer on the 2015 OME New Music Festival in Phoenix, and has had works commissioned by Patchwork American Song Project, Guided Imagery Opera, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project, Poor Puppet, and many others. She has written works for TEDx Carnegie Lake, New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival, and IVY Connect’s debut concert at the DiMenna Center. Her recent composition for mezzo soprano Kayleigh Butcher and pianist Christopher Narloch, as part of The Schoenberg Project, had it’s debut in Chicago at Constellation, and then toured several midwest cities. In the fall of 2018, she was invited to take part in an Avaloch Farm Music Institute composing residency to write new music for Triplicate Ensemble.
As a singer specializing in contemporary classical and new music, Ms. Stein Lynde’s recent performanceshave included premiering Lesley Flanigan’s haunting sound sculpture VOICES for four singers and loop pedals at Roulette; premiering New York-based composer Eric Lemmon’s The Impossible Will Take a Little While with the Highline Chamber Ensemble at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music; and performing a concert of chamber music by contemporary female composers, including a premier by Jenny Beck, at the National Opera Center.She performs frequently throughout New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia with Princeton-based electro-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves, which has been featured on Princeton’s Unruly Sounds Festival four years in a row. Ms. Stein Lynde appears as a vocalist on minimalist composer Alexander Turnquist’s album Flying Fantasy, released on Western Vinyl.
The 2015 launch of Stein Lynde’s new vocal music focused company Stone Mason Projects has brought exciting performances of contemporary vocal chamber music to the National Opera Center and the Wilmer Jennings Gallery in New York, about which reviews have said, “The singing was stellar, on par with anything I’ve heard recently at higher profile venues such as Zankel Hall or National Sawdust. These concerts deserve a wider audience.” In June, 2016, Stone Mason Projects was invited to speak on a panel discussion about What Happens When Composers Make Opera, moderated by Experiments in Opera co-founder Aaron Siegel, as part of NY Opera Alliance‘s 2016 New York Opera Festival. Stone Mason Projects joined forces with Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project in 2016 to present Fury, a concert of vocal chamber music by contemporary women composers.That same season, Stone Mason Projects presentedthe music of violist/composer Jessica Meyer at a concert hosted by Rhymes With Opera at Arts on Site in NYC. In June 2017, Stone Mason Projects launched New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival,which featured a new production by New York-based theatrical troupe Guided Imagery Opera. New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival was the recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Project Stream Grant. Stone Mason Projects’ upcoming events include the New York launch of New Music Yoga: a yoga class featuring newly commissioned vocal music by emerging composers.
In prior seasons, Ms. Stein-Lynde has performedmultiple times with Helix New Music Ensemble at Le Poisson Rouge, and in a concert of music by composer Molly Thompson at Spectrum in NYC. Other appearances haveincluded premiering a work by Louise Fristensky with The Nouveau Classical Project, performing at the Firehouse Space with Indianapolis-based duo Ascending, singing at the inaugural Gotham Arts Salon, and speaking on an education panel at the inaugural New Music Gathering at San Fransisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Stein Lyndehasperformed in recital with violinist Jourdan Urbach and pianist Karen Beluso at Le Poisson Rouge for Concerts for a Cure to benefit water projects for children in Ghana, and performed in salon concerts with Park Avenue Pianos at Steinway Pianos, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and Rhymes With Opera.
Other previous engagements found Ms. Stein Lyndeat the Saratoga Fine Arts Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY, where she took part in a unique performance created as a collaboration with RG Dance Projects’ production of We Fall Down, We Get Up, which also had sold out shows at the Martha Graham Studio Theater in Manhattan. Pamela was a 2011Resident Artist with Underworld Productions Opera Company of New York, performed in recital the The Penn Club of New York, created the role of the murderous main character in the premier of American composer Robert Butts’ opera The Tell-Tale Heart, performed in Lesley Flanigan’s new works for voices and amplifiers at the 2011 Bent Festival, performed the role of The Maid in Stefan Weisman’s chamber opera Fade with American Opera Projects at Galapagos Art Space in New York, and earned critical praise for an outstanding performance of George Crumb’s Night Music I at the IDITAROD contemporary music concert in Boston. Other notable performances in recent years include the premier of the role of Julia Dehning in Anthony Gatto and Jay Scheib’s new experimental opera The Making of Americans with Beth Morrison Projects. After successful workshop performances at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the opera made its official premier at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Pamela also appeared in a successful recital of contemporary and electronic music at Yamaha Hall in NYC, where she performed works by American composer George Crumb and gave the American premier of composer Erick Flores’ work PS: for voice and live audio track. In July of 2008, Pamela was selected to be a performance fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, where she premiered works by several Bang on a Can composer fellows, performed works by Terry Riley, the festival guest composer in residence, and performed in Shelter, a massive multi-media oratorio by Bang on a Can founders Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and Pulitzer Prize recipient David Lang. That same summer, Pamela was invited to participate in and perform with the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh Music Festival in England, for a program entitled New Music, New Media. Working with David Sheppard and Ian Dearden of Sound Intermedia, as well as one of the U.K.’s most famous composers, Jonathan Harvey,Ms. Stein Lynde created and performed in a multimedia work based on Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado’s film The Isle of Flowers.
No stranger to traditional repertoire, Ms. Stein Lyndehas performed the role of The Dew Fairy in Hansel und Gretel with Sinfonietta Nova. She traveled to Italy to sing the title role in Puccini’s opera Suor Angelica with Operafestival di Roma. In Hot Springs, Arkansas, Pamela was invited to be an apprentice with the Hot Springs Music Festival, where she performed the role of Eve in Haydn’s oratorio The Creation under the baton of Austria’s “Ambassador of Music,” Ernest Hoetzl.Ms. Stein Lynde’s other notable operatic performances include the role of Virtu in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea and Coridon in Handel’s Acis and Galatea both with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, the role of The Violated Saint in Amy Beth Kirsten’s 2005 opera Ophelia Forever with Harbor Opera, the role of Sophie in scenes from Nicholas Maw’s 2002 opera Sophie’s Choice with Peabody Opera, and the role of Grace in the premier performance of Jenny Beck’s one-act opera Salvation Bound with Peabody Opera Theater.
Also an avid performer of concert and chamber music, Ms. Stein Lyndehas performed in Korean composer Isang Yun’s work Memory for three voices and percussion with the Left Bank Concert Society of Washington D.C. As part of the VIM TriBeCa contemporary chamber music series in Manhattan, shepremiered the work Lilacs by New York composer Lauren Buchter. While a graduate student atPeabody Conservatory,sheperformed in Stockhausen’s Tierkreis with the critically acclaimed Peabody Percussion Ensemble, and sang in Terry Riley’s In C with the Peabody Camarata Orchestra.
Ms. Stein Lyndereceived her Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, where, upon graduation, she was awarded the Phyllis Bryn-Julson Prize for Performance of and Commitment to 20th and 21st Century Music, and a Peabody Career Development Grant.