Pamela Simonson began making a difference in Prince George’s County eleven years ago through her love for the arts and humanities by performing locally as a classically trained soprano and with opera companies, including Washington National, San Francisco Opera, Chicago Lyric, and Wolf Trap Opera. She encourages youth to pursue their love of music by mentoring and teaching in schools and camps.
Simonson is chair of the board of the nonprofit arts organization, Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), which supports African-American classical musicians by “Bringing Color to the Classics!” As cofounder, she partners with organizations, including National Association of Negro Musicians, Washington Chorus, Heritage Signature Chorale, Hines-Lee Opera, and Washington Performing Arts Society, and helps thousands in areas of community outreach, audience development, arts education, performance opportunities, scholarships, and awareness. See http://www.4caapa.org.
Simonson coauthored Pearls of Wisdom from Three Generations, began a multigenerational foundation of the same name, makes public appearances, penned a weekly advice column, and hosts area events that honor multigenerational families and women. See http://www.pearlsofwisdom3.com. Simonson also helped submit a bill for possible congressional approval to enact “Generations Day” throughout the United States. See http://www.generationsday.com.
A member of the American Guild of Musical Artists and Sigma Alpha Iota, with training in German, Italian, and French; Simonson holds a bachelor degree from Eastman School of Music and a graduate degree from Manhattan School of Music.