Pamela Youngblood, DMA
Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Academic Areas: Flute, Flute Pedagogy, Women in Music
Phone: (940) 898-2495
DMA in Flute Performance, University of North Texas
MM in Flute Performance, University of North Texas
BM in Music Education, Union University
Pamela Youngblood, DMA, Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre and Co-Coordinator for the School of Arts, teaches graduate and undergraduate flute students, flute pedagogy, flute choir, and a course on women in music.
Her first CD, Wind Song: New American Classics for Flute and Piano, was recorded with TWU collaborative artist Gabriel Bita and released on the Azica Records label in May 2010. Her second CD Sparkle and Wit: International Treasures for Flute and Piano was released on the Azica label in 2012. She has performed internationally in Germany, Spain, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, England, Scotland, and the Czech Republic as a member of the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra, based at the New England Conservatory, and the International Flute Orchestra.
Youngblood has been principal flutist and a featured soloist of the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 1980, and was soloist in a performance of David Amram’s new concerto Giants of the Night in 2004 with the composer conducting. She also recently performed the Lowell Liebermann Flute Concerto with the WFSO. An active recitalist, she has been a featured performer at conventions of the National Flute Association in Anaheim, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charlotte, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and San Diego, the Texas Music Educators Association, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.
Youngblood is the founder and director of the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir, which she organized in 1994, and the Brookhaven Flute Choir, a Dallas-based, semi-professional group which she established in 1985. These groups have combined to commission new works for flute choir and have performed at National Flute Association annual conventions in Washington, D.C. (2015), New Orleans (2013), Charlotte, NC (2011), New York City (2009), Albuquerque (2007), and Dallas (2001). Other performances include the Texas Music Educators Association annual clinic/convention and lobby concerts at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Youngblood has presented workshops on flute choir for TMEA and conducted a flute choir reading session for the NFA in Pittsburgh.
As a researcher, Youngblood is dedicated to the discovery and performance of new or seldom-performed works for flute and flute choir. Recent solo recitals have included “A New Light! A Century of Progress for Female Composers of Flute Music,” and another program comprised entirely of works that had been published for not more than three years.
Youngblood is an active member of the National Flute Association, which she currently serves as General Competitions Coordinator following a five-year term as Professional Flute Choir Coordinator, and the Texas Flute Society. In addition, she has served as the organist/choir director for St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, Denton, since 1975.
Youngblood recently received national recognition as the Phi Kappa Phi Artist for 2016-2018. In October of 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Music, honoris causa, by Nashotah House Seminary, Wisconsin. In November of 2014, she was granted the title of Lay Canon for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, an honor bestowed in recognition for several decades of dedicated work in church music. She also received the Advocacy for Music Therapy Award, presented by the Texas State Task Force of the Southwest Region of the American Music Therapy Association, in the spring of 2014.