Spindrift Music Calendar

2018 Concerts

In His Own Words: Concert in Memory of Martin Luther King

Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30pm
Follen Community Church, 755 Massachusetts Ave Lexington, MA, USA

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 3:00pm
Marsh Chapel, Boston University 735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Suggested donation $20

Soprano Alexandra Whitfield and friends have asked several local composers (Lexington, MA) to create music setting the words of Martin Luther King. I chose his loving words in his Eulogy for the children killed in the church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. The concerts included the premiere of my Sweet Princesses (Birmingham 1963) for soprano and string trio, with audience responsive verses.

Information about our project In His Own Words: Concert of new compositions in memory of MLK

Celebrating the Poetry of Robert Pinsky

Friday April 20, 2018 7:30pm
MCC Federal Building, 50 Kearney Sq, Assembly Room, Lowell Campus, Lowell, MA, USA

Robert Pinsky reads his poetry, and Middlesex faculty perform several new settings of Pinsky's poems, including my setting of Samurai Song, for soprano, flute and piano.

World of Music concert series

Henning Ensemble

Tuesday April 17, 2018 12:15pm
King's Chapel, Boston, MA, USA

Music by Karl Henning and a new piece by me, Pamela Marshall, Birds on the Harmonic Plain, for flute, piccolo, clarinet, horn, and harmonic-series-based soundscape.

King's Chapel information and directions

Arte de Pajaros : Art of Birds

Featuring Poetry of Pablo Neruda: A Bilingual Reading

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 7:00 pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY, USA

Jill Austen performs Communing with Birds on a program featuring the bird poems of Pablo Neruda, paired with music inspired by birds. Performers: Xanath Caraza, poet; Jill Austen, flutist; Kelly Cuevas, flutist

Read more about Jill Austen's activities

2017 Concerts

Master Singers of Lexington

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4pm (corrected time)
Follen Church, 755 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA

The Master Singers do a repeat performance of Shepherds and Angels, my settings of early American Christmas songs, with violin, harp and tamborine. They premiered it in 2011. It's a natural pairing with Conrad Susa's Carols and Lullabies, Christmas songs from the Southwest.

About the Master Singers

Carlisle Chamber Orchestra

Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:30pm (corrected time)
Carlisle Congregational Church, 147 School St., Carlisle, MA

This festive program includes my Traditional Christmas sing-along. Also Carnival of the Animals, Vivaldi's Winter, Bach's Double Violin Concerto, and opera excerpts.

About Carlisle Chamber Orchestra

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus: Music for a Spring Evening

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 8pm
First Parish Church, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus does an encore performance of Songs from a Quaker Heart, with wonderful texts by Lexington poet Marian Kaplun Shapiro. Plus more by New England composers and poets.

About the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus

2016 Concerts

Storycrafter Studio - Beware the Jabberwock

December 8-11 Thurs-Sat 8pm, Sunday 3pm; Dec 16-18 Fri and Sat 8pm, Sunday 3pm

A winter holiday musical of medieval carols, with new lyrics to tell the story. Script and lyrics by Cynthia Joyce Clay, music arranged by Pamela Marshall.

Carlisle Chamber Orchestra: Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 11 3:00 PM
Corey Auditorium, Carlisle School, 117 Church Street, Carlisle, MA

On the program is my Three Appalachian Carols, not too familiar Christmas tunes: Star in the East, Can't You Hear the Lambs A'Cryin', and Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.

About Carlisle Chamber Orchestra

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus: Not-Quite Winter Concert

Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:30pm
Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus is singing my commissioned work Songs from a Quaker Heart, with texts by Lexington poet Marian Kaplun Shapiro. The program includes music by Stroope, Szymko, Berger, Lauridsen, Britten.

About the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus

Triad: Boston's Choral Collective

November 19, 2016 8:00pm, Harvard Epworth Church, 1555 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA
November 20, 2016 8:00pm, Nave Gallery, 155 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Triad performs the premiere of Deepest Shade, music and words that explore the sadness of losing communication with someone sliding into dementia.

Eastman Alumni Reunion Concert

October 8, 2016 1:30pm
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY

We composers of the 40th Reunion class are presenting a concert as part of our reunion activities. David Heinick plays my Stomp for piano and others.

Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble

Three performances of PROGRAM II:
Arthur Bliss, Conversations for flute, oboe, violin, cello and piano
Pamela Marshall, Dance of the Hoodoos for oboe, violin, cello and piano
Max Bruch, Eight Pieces for clarinet, cello and piano
Johannes Brahms, Trio No. 2 in C Major

Friday, June 17, 2016 7:30 PM
Taylor House, 50 Burroughs St., Jamaica Plain, MA
Admission : $10 donation

Sunday, June 19 , 2016 2:00 PM
Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton MA
Free Admission

Sunday, June 26 7:30pm
Chelmsford Center for the Arts, 1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA

International Society for Improvised Music: ConCor Improvisation Workshop

May 12, 2016
Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Our workshop on different ways to practice improvisation included two of my improvisation designs: The Hills Sing the Old Songs and Manyone Flying.

Les Amis de l’orgue de Montréal - Inédits d’orgue: improvisation contemporaine orgue et choeur

Dimanche 1er mai 2016, 14h, Tarif: 10$
Église Très-Saint-Nom-de-Jésus, 4215, rue Adam, Montréal.

My improvisation design Réactions en Masse is on this program. See April 2015 below.

2015 Concerts

Carlisle Chamber Orchestra: Holiday Concert with Ray Bauwens

Saturday, December 19 7:30 PM
Corey Auditorium, Carlisle School, 117 Church Street, Carlisle, MA

On the program is my sing-along arrangement of familiar carols: Traditional Christmas

The program includes our excellent string section playing Brandenburg #3, Music from FROZEN, and familiar Christmas tunes.

About Carlisle Chamber Orchestra

Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus: Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:30pm
Payson Park Congregational Church, 365 Belmont St, Belmont, MA

The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus is singing my winter carol Windshine , invoking a wish for peace. The program includes J.S. Bach: Weihnachts Oratorium (Part III), Britten, Victoria, Diabelli, and others.

About the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus

Opal Ensemble Fundraiser Party

Saturday, May 9 at 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster St, Arlington, Massachusetts 02474

Opal Ensemble celebrates live music, theater, visual art and launches their 2015-2016 season with a party. Paul, Todd and Anne will be joined by special guests and present works by local composers and some of their favorite repertoire. Refreshments, drawing tables -- create your own art while watching and listening, multi-media performances. Guests include members of the Arlington Children's Theater.

The program includes my Focal Point for clarinet, viola and piano.

Facebook event page

Les Amis de l’orgue de Montréal - Musiques my(s)t(h)iques: improvisation contemporaine orgue et choeur

Le dimanche 26 avril 2015 à 14h
Église Sacré-Coeur-de-Jésus, 2000, Alexandre-de-Sève, Montréal
Admission: $15, free for members

Les Amis de l’orgue de Montréal sent out a call for graphic scores for an improvisation concert for choir and organ. Participants are a choir assembled for the occasion, directed by André Pappathomas,with Alexandra Fol, composer and organist. As they write on their event page, organists frequently improvise but choruses almost never do, and they wanted to change that.

I created a graphic score titled Réactions en Masse, visually depicting the choir and organ alternating unspecified, to-be-discovered sound clusters. Although I had the chorus and organ in mind, Reactions en Masse could be done with any ensemble that produces sustained sounds.

Improvisation design titled Reactions en Masse with performance instructions

Rivers School Conservatory - 37th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music for the Young

Saturday April 11, 2015
Rivers School Conservatory, 333 Winter Street, Weston, MA 02493

Dan Shaud's horn student Matthew played two movements of Triptoe Suite.

2014 Concerts

'76 at 60 - a Reunion Concert of Eastman composers from the Class of '76

Friday May 30, 2014 8pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

concert poster

Music by Eric Ewazen, David Snow, David Heinick, Pamela Marshall, and our Eastman composition teacher Samuel Adler. Performers include Chris Kollgaard, double bass, playing a set of pieces written especially for this concert. Chris and Debbie Kollgaard will play Pam's Pascal's Theorems for cello and double bass. Spontaneous improvisation after the concert is being discussed. Therefore not spontaneous?

Free admission www.stlukeinthefields.org 212.633.2167

Opal Ensemble "March Thaw - Dreaming of Spring"

Friday March 14, 2014 12noon
Arlington Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave., Arlington, MA
Debut concert of the newly named Opal Ensemble

Virtuosic works for this interesting instrumentation from the 19th, 20th and 21st century

They'll be playing Focal Pointfor clarinet, viola, piano, dedicated to the Opal Ensemble before they chose their new name. Plus ""Black Birds, Red Hills" by Libby Larsen, "Trio" by Jean Francaix, selections from "Eight Pieces" by Max Bruch.

Read their newsletter

Listen Focal Point premiere recording at SoundCloud - recorded live on March 22, 2013 at the Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music

New from “2”: 21st century works written for “2” in Tennessee

Zoa premiere at Advent Library Concert Series

Duo “2”: Peter H. Bloom, flute, alto flute and piccolo & Mary Jane Rupert, piano and harp

"2" will be playing Zoa, which I wrote for them

Thursday March 6, 2014 8pm
Nashville, Tennessee

Music by Elizabeth Vercoe, Richard Nelson, Pamela Marshall and Narong Prangcharoen
Lipscomb University, Ward Hall, 1 University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204
Admission:  $15, $10 students, free with Lipscomb ID   Information:  615-966-5809

Friday March 7, 2014 7:30 pm
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Bach to the Future:  Music of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns, and Pamela Marshall
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 West 7th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402
Admission:  $10, $5 students    Information:  423-266-8195


Festival of Women Composers at Indiana (PA) University

Thursday February 13, 2014 8pm
Gorell Recital Hall, Indiana, PA

Featured festival concert: “Love Songs and New Music by Women Singers and Composers”   Northeastern premiere of Dance of the Hoodoos for oboe, violin, cello, piano

Listen Dance of the Hoodoos virtual-orchestration preview at ReverbNation


2013 Concerts

PASSHE Women’s Consortium Conference: "Woman as Hero"

Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
September 20, 2013

Isolde's Garden & Cornwall Hunt for horn quartet - performers are Rebecca Dodson-Webster, horn professor & her students

Carlson-Brunel-Black Trio

Friday July 5, 2013 12 noon
First Parish Unitarian, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA, 02421
Donations accepted for organ upkeep

They'll play my Focal Point, written just for them
plus, Leo Smit: Trio; Colin Matthews: Three Interludes; Johannes Brahms: Trio Op. 114

Listen Here's a recording of the premiere last March

International Horn Society 45th Annual Symposium

Thursday, August 1, 2013 7:30pm
Rose Theatre, University of Memphis campus, Memphis, TN, USA
Premiere of Walden at Evening, three-movement piece for horn, percussion and chorus, commissioned by Symposium host Dan Phillips. Featured artist, Jonathan Boen, will be the horn soloist. Dr. Lawrence Edwards conducts the Memphis Symphony Chorus.

International Horn Society

Lexington Symphony Chamber Players

Sunday May 5, 2013 3pm St Matthews United Methodist Church, 435 Central St  Acton, MA 01720, USA  (978) 263-2822

Sunday May 19, 2013 3pm First Parish Unitarian, 23 N Main St  Cohasset, MA 02025, USA (781) 383-1100 

Through the Mist, performed by Danielle Boudrot, flute; Liz Whitfield, violin; Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, harp

Through the Mist is the title piece on Pamela's chamber music CD Through the Mist from Ravello Records.

Vortex Series

Friday March 22, 2013 8pm All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon St, Brookline, MA, USA
Admission: $15.00 general, $10.00 for students and senior

Premiere of Focal Point for clarinet, viola, piano, dedicated to Todd Brunel and his trio; plus exciting guest artists and in-the-moment improvisation

Vortex blog has the concert details: http://improvortex.blogspot.com/

Listen Focal Point preview at ReverbNation

SoBe Arts

Friday March 15, 2013 Mystery Park Arts Band, at the 22nd Subtropics Experimental Music and Sound Arts Festival
SoBe Institute of the Arts, Carl Fisher Clubhouse / Little Stage Theater Complex
2100 Washington Avenue. Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Premiere of Dance of the Hoodoos for oboe, violin, cello, piano

SoBe Arts web site: http://www.mysteryparkarts.com/

Listen Dance of the Hoodoos preview at ReverbNation

Advent Library Concert Series

Friday January 18, 2013 8pm Advent Church, 30 Brimmer St. Boston, MA, USA
Suggested donation: $10. Parking a few short blocks away in the Boston Common garage

Whisper Solos, performed 3 times, by each of the dedicatees: Todd Brunel, clarinet; Rebecca Wellons, saxophone; Matt Samolis, flute.

Premiere of Examinate Variations by Ashley Addington, flute and Rachel Barringer, cello. A project of Spindrift Commissioning Guild 2012: Chamber Music with Flute.

Examinate Variations is recorded on Pamela's chamber music CD Through the Mist from Ravello Records.

Advent Library Concerts blog: http://shoebei.wordpress.com/

Composer's Voice: Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame

Sunday January 13, 2013 1pm
Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City, NY, USA
Suggested donation: canned goods

Harpist Jasmin Cowin will be premiering a set of 15 one-minute pieces, including Cloud, my new harp piece written for this occasion.


2012 Concerts

Women of Note

December 7 & 9, 2012 Long Beach, CA, USA
Carla Strandberg and Women of Note premiere new SSAA arrangements of The Bee Song and Grand grand mother is returning. These are adapted from The Future of Life for SATB, trombone and piano.


December, 2012 Haddonfield, NJ, USA
Polly Murrray leads her wonderful children's chorus in a new reduced orchestration of Traditional Christmas

Play Book Release Party

Sunday June 17, 2012 Early evening, at Carroll Ann Bottino's Pacem music studio, Lexington, MA and ONLINE!
Play Book is an album of children's piano pieces, from beginner to advanced, with CD performed by the composer.
Play Book downloads available at the Spindrift Bandcamp store

Connect online:
Add your comments to the Release Party post at my Elusive Music blog.
On Twitter, follow@SpindriftMusic; for Play Book info, use hashtag #playbookmusic

Esprit de Cor horn ensemble

Friday June 15, 2012 12 noon
First Parish Unitarian, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA, 02421
Music for horn ensembles including traditional hunting horn music by Weber, arrangements of music by Bach and Gabrielli, the premiere of Labyrinth by Lexington composer Pamela Marshall, and a new arrangement by conductor David Archibald from Wagner's The Flying Dutchman

Saxophone Night at the Outpost

Saturday April 7, 2012 7pm, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA
Rebecca Wellons premieres my Whisper Solos
Info on Facebook: Saxophone Night

Composer's Voice

March 11, 2012 1pm, Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, New York City
Michelle Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, horn, performs 15 one-minute works, including Altered by Pamela Marshall, which features microtones and other extended horn techniques.

Lexington Music Club Music Scholarship Benefit

January 29, 2012 4:30pm
First Parish Unitarian, Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
“2″ - Peter H. Bloom, flute & Mary Jane Rupert, harp
perform Zoa by Pamela Marshall

2011 Concerts

The Mastersingers of Lexington

Sunday, December 11, 2011 4pm
First Parish Unitarian, Harrington Road, Lexington, MA
Masssachusetts premiere of Shepherds and Angels, American Christmas songs for chorus, violin, harp, tamborine, directed by Adam Grossman
Info: http://www.themastersingers.org/

Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music

Friday December 9, 8:00pm at the Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA
$10 suggested donation

Part 1 Classical - Paul Carlson, piano, plays Ruth Crawford Seeger.
Trio of Paul Carlson, violist Eve Boltax, clarinetist Todd Brunel plays Paul Walter Furst and Bertold Hummel.
Todd Brunel plays solo clarinet and bass clarinet works, including Turbulient by Pamela Marshall and Claudio Gabriele.

Part 2 - Improv - percussionist Gary Fieldman, saxophonist Rick Stone, pianist Peter Cassino

Read more about Vortex at http://improvortex.blogspot.com

Geneva College

December 2 & 3, 2011
Pennsylvania premiere of Shepherds and Angels by the Genevans of Geneva College, directed by Dr. Robert Copeland, at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, PA

Vortex Series for New and Improvised Music

Friday November 18, 8:00pm at the Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA
$10 suggested donation, wheel chair accessible

Garrison Fewell, guitar and electronics; Forbes Graham, trumpet and electronics

Manyone Flying - Pam's improv design interpreting poetry of May Swenson
Jodi Hitzhusen, classical soprano
Melissa Kassell, jazz vocalist
Todd Brunel, clarinets
Pamela Marshall, French horn
Forbes Graham, trumpet and electronics
David Brown, digiridoo
John McLellan, drums

Sonic Sandbox - Forrest Larson, analog electronics; David Brown, digiridoo; Todd Brunel, clarinets
with Tom Casale, double bass

Read more about Vortex at http://improvortex.blogspot.com

South Beach Chamber Ensemble

November 3, 2011 7:30PM Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134

November 15, 2011 7:30 PM Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL

Program includes Truth Becoming for string quartet by Pamela Marshall, plus Heitor Villa-Lobos and Gilbert Kong. More information at http://sobechamberensemble.org

Autumn Music Harvest

Sunday October 16, 2011 2pm
Memorial Hall Library, 2 N. Main Street, Andover, MA 01810

Contact: Reference Desk 978-623-8401 x31 rdesk@mhl.org

Pianist Joe Reid, mezzo soprano Sara Bielanski, and clarinetist Todd Brunel take you on a musical journey through some of the most beautiful places in the classical and jazz repertoire.

Todd will play Summer Into Winter for clarinet solo by Pamela Marshall

The three musicians will boldly cross the threshhold from classical music with a program featuring the works of Ives and Copland and into the world of Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.
Sponsored by the Friends of Memorial Hall Library.

Composer's Voice, NYC

September 25, 2011 1pm
Soprano Beth Griffith performed 15 one-minute works at the Jan Hus Church, 351 East 74th Street, NYC, including Double by Pamela Marshall, which features whistling, singing, clicking and tapping.

Advent Library Concert Series

September 23, 2011 8pm
“2″ - Peter H. Bloom, flute & Mary Jane Rupert, harp

Premiere of Zoa by Pamela Marshall
Advent Church, Boston, MA Concert info

Swallowing the Sun

Monday August 8, 2011 at sunset (7:55p), Church of the Advent, Beacon Hill, Boston.  The performance will commemorate the estimated 150,000- 250,000 lives of those killed in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which happened on August 6 & 9, 1945 respectively. I will be part of the large number of musicians performing.

Improv Workshop

June 21 7:30-9:30pm in Lincoln. Call 781-862-0884 to register and get directions. Cost $15.

Composers' Concert at the Nave

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 8pm, $10 suggested donation
Nave Gallery, Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church, 155 Powderhouse Blvd, Somerville, MA    Directions

Rachel Arnold performed Soliloquy for cello solo by Pamela Marshall

Program also included music by Elizabeth Vercoe, Matt Samolis, Livia Lin, Michael Colquhoun. Performers: Ashley Addington, flute Rachel Arnold, cello Peter H. Bloom, flute Mary Jane Rupert, harp  Noel Dorsey, voice Lindsay Albert, piano

Vortex Concert Series for New Experimental and Improvisational Music

First Fridays at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA, January-April 8pm
Also at Zumix in East Boston on
        February 25, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17
June 26 VORTEX LIVE CD release party at the Somerville Armory

Concerts in past years