Pamela McDermott

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Pamela McDermott is the Director of Choral Activities at Longwood University, where she conducts Camerata Singers, University Men’s Choir, and University Women’s Choir and teaches Aural Skills, Beginning Conducting, Choral Methods, and Advanced Choral Conducting. She also serves as choir director at Farmville United Methodist Church and Assistant Conductor with the Commonwealth Chorale.


Dr. McDermott has worked with classical organizations such as the Bel Canto Company and the Virginia Symphony Chorus, with opera at UNC-G and the Farmville Summer Garden Opera, and in jazz and popular venues, such as the Sawyer Sisters and the Mount Washington Hotel. She has been hired as a singer, conductor, vocal coach, choreographer, arranger, accompanist, teacher, and adjudicator. Her experiences range from coaching her peers to teaching children; from working with beginners to collaborating with professionals.


Her DMA in Choral Conducting was completed in 2010 at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, where she studied with Drs. Welborn Young, Carole Ott, and Kevin Geraldi. She earned her MM in Theory/Composition at James Madison University, studying conducting with David Watkins and voice with Dr. Sandra Cryder. Her BM in Education was completed at East Carolina University, where she studied conducting with Dr. Rhonda Fleming and piano with Dr. Henry Doskey.


Dr. McDermott is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO), the College Music Society (CMS), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and Pi Kappa Lambda.


Director of Choral Activities
Longwood University Department of Music

201 High Street, Farmville, Virginia 23909

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