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Pamela Kurau

Assistant Professor of English Lyric Diction, part time

ECMS Collegiate Instructor in Voice

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Biography

Soprano Pamela Kurau is a frequent soloist with many of Rochester’s finest musical organizations, among them the Rochester Oratorio Society, Chamber Music Rochester, “Live from Hochstein” and First Muse.  Most recently she has collaborated with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Eastman faculty in numerous chamber music performances.  She has been a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony and several regional orchestras.  International performances have taken her to Germany, Austria, Finland, Japan, China and Korea.

In opera she has sung lead roles in La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Rape of Lucretia and others.  Most recently she sang the role of Mother in two consecutive holiday performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors with Mercury Opera.   She is a recipient of the Performer’s Certificate in Opera from the Eastman School of Music, as well as an opera fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival.

Dr. Kurau is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, University of Missouri and, most recently, the Eastman School of Music.  She received the Jack L. Frank Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Eastman School’s Community Education Division, and the Joseph M. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Part-time Teaching from SUNY-Geneseo in 2000.  She is currently Assistant Professor of English lyric diction at the Eastman School of Music and Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Voice at SUNY-Geneseo.