Vienna, W.Va.—This fall, Pamela McClain joins the Ohio Valley University staff as Director of OVU Singers. McClain recently retired from Wood County Public Schools after thirty-two years of service. Fortunately for OVU, she has agreed to take up the conducting mantle again. Her reasoning for this decision is heartfelt: “Once a musician, always a musician. Music is what connects souls, hearts, and minds when nothing else can.”
McClain earned a BA in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus University and a Master of Arts from Marietta College as well as doing post graduate work from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. Teaching locations include Jackson County, WV, Lubeck Elementary, Edison Junior High, Parkersburg South High, Parkersburg High, and Marietta College. At PHS, her alma mater, McClain conducted the nationally acclaimed A Cappella Choir, created Men’s and Women’s Ensembles, and conducted the PHS Freshman Choir and Chamber Choir. Not surprisingly, McClain received numerous honors and awards, including Wood County Teacher of the Year, Jan Dils Golden Apple Award, WV Vocal Music Teacher of the Year, National Arts and Letters Educator of the year, Alderson Broaddus Most Outstanding Alumni, and Grammy Music Teacher of the Year finalist.
McClain’s choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall and during WV Gubernatorial Inaugurations. Performance venues range from Old North Church in Boston, to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., to Casa Loma Castle in Toronto, Canada, to St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero to St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans to WVU and Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball stadiums. Her choirs have also been selected to perform at WV Music Educators Conferences as well as in workshops with composer Eric Whitacre and Grammy Award winners Cantus and Chanticleer. Her choirs have competed in Worldstrides Onstage National Choral Festivals from Toronto to Orlando, receiving numerous awards and trophies. Nevertheless, McClain insists, “The true rewards come within the walls of the classroom.”
Now, McClain turns her attention to OVU, “a warm and inviting campus.” She is eager to collaborate with OVU students as well as high school juniors and seniors, some of whom are taking the class for credit while others are auditing the class or simply participating because they love to sing. High school students participating in chorus may well choose OVU when selecting a college or university.
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Chartered in 1958, Ohio Valley University is a faith-based, residential, liberal arts college founded by members of the Church of Christ. Students of all faiths are accepted and encouraged to apply. The university offers a variety of baccalaureate and master’s degrees to students from 26 states and 25 nations. To learn more visit www.ovu.edu.