Praised for her “rich dramatics” (The Boston Globe), northern New Jersey native Pamela Stein Lynde is a versatile soprano, composer, contemporary music performer, music educator, and producer, known for inspiration, introspection, and passion in all aspects of her work. Performances from the current season have 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 has also appeared recently as Ella Stone in the techno-country band Owen Lake and the Tragic Loves at Barn Burner and Unruly Sounds Festival in Princeton. The recent season also brought her organization Your Music Bus, co-founded with superstar composers Lisa Bielawa and Aaron Jay Kernis, to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where they gave a composition reading and masterclass to conservatory composition students.
The recent launch of her 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’s upcoming endeavors include Fury, a concert of vocal chamber music by contemporary women composers, in Princeton, NJ with Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (October 2016); presenting the music of violist/composer Jessica Meyer at a concert hosted by Rhymes With Opera at Arts on Site in NYC (November 2016); a new production by Guided Imagery Opera on Stone Mason Projects’ inaugural New Hope Sound(e)scape Festival (June 2017), and the commissioning of a new chamber opera by composers Jenny Beck, Lauren Buchter, and Jessica Meyer (2018).
Ms. Lynde’s most recent composition work has included premier performances by Patchwork American Song Project on their 2016 national tour, Guided Imagery Opera in their groundbreaking and experimental inaugural performance at the National Opera Center, Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project. and recently commissioned premiers by soprano Sarah Hawkey and violinist Kaya Katarzyna Bryla-Weiss.
Last season, Pamela appeared with Helix New Music Ensemble premiering David Wolfson’s The Particle Songs at Le Poisson Rouge, and in a concert of music by composer Molly Thompson at Spectrum in NYC. She also was a featured guest composer at OME Festival in Phoenix, AZ, where she performed in the premier of her chamber work I was (not) so (pure of heart). In Princeton, NJ, she recently premiered a new work for voice, violin and electronics at the sold-out event TEDx Carnegie Lake. Other appearances last season included 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.
In prior seasons, Pamela appeared at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music as part of a concert for the New York chapter of Ivy. She also performed 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. In keeping with her long-held tradition of premiering new works, Pamela’s premiers in past seasons have included composer Trevor Weston’s song cycle Comfort Songs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, and new works by seven Rutgers University graduate composition students in concert at Nicholas Music Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Last season also saw the release of minimalist composer Alexander Turnquist’s album Flying Fantasy (on which Pamela recorded vocals) on the Western Vinyl Label.
Previous engagements found Pamela at 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 has also performed for a variety of New York charity galas and benefits, including those for New York Youth at Risk, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NY, and Forestdale, Inc. In prior seasons, Pamela was a Resident 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, Pamela created and performed in a multimedia work based on Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Furtado’s film The Isle of Flowers.
No stranger to traditional repertoire, Pamela has 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. Pamela’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, Pamela has 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, Pamela premiered the work Lilacs by New York composer Lauren Buchter. While at Peabody, Pamela performed in Stockhausen’s Tierkreis with the critically acclaimed Peabody Percussion Ensemble, and sang in Terry Riley’s In C with the Peabody Camarata Orchestra.
Pamela received 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. In her ongoing effort to support and promote new music, Pamela is co-founder of Your Music Bus, an organization formed to benefit college and university composition students nationwide.
After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music preparatory school, Ms. Lynde completed her Bachelors degree through an exchange agreement program between Princeton University and Westminster Choir College. At Westminster, she studied with former Metropolitan Opera soprano Sharon Sweet. As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, Pamela performed in Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall, and in a program of Dvorak with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She also took part in the NYC premier performance of Rene Clausen’s Hellas: In the Name of Freedom, at Carnegie Hall. Continuing her work as a choral artist in graduate school, in the spring of 2006, she performed with the Peabody Singers and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in John Adams’ work On The Transmigration of Souls, which was written as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Pamela also spent three seasons singing in the chorus of the New Jersey State Opera, performing in their productions of Carmen, Aida, and Macbeth, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ under the direction of the late Maestro Alfredo Silipigni.