DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT
Distinguished Alumna Pamela J. Coburn currently holds the position of James B. Stewart Distinguished Visiting Professor of Music at her alma mater, DePauw University.
Ms. Coburn graduated from Mariemont High School in 1970 and went to DePauw University to major in music education and to play on the tennis team. She was encouraged to audition for an opera and landed a leading role. With some nudging from her voice teacher Ms. Coburn quit the tennis team, accepted the role and never looked back.
In addition to studying voice at the Eastman School of Music and the American Opera Center of the Juilliard School, Ms. Coburn studied German Lieder with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. In 1980 she was the winner of ARD (German Broadcasting Co.) Competition in Munich, and in 1982 she won a similar competition at the Metropolitan Opera.
An international career in opera, oratorio and recital blossomed, taking Ms. Coburn to the world’s most renowned opera houses and concert halls where she performed leading roles among the best singers in the world over a 20 year period. The conductors and orchestras she has appeared with are legend. Appearances include the Vienna State Opera, Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera in New York, in addition to opera house in Munich, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Paris, Toulouse, London and Tokyo.
Ms. Coburn invests in the future of classical music through her students. She is humbled by the privilege of pouring out her wisdom and experience for the benefit of young singers.