Pamela Sohriakoff holds the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of Minnesota Duluth. Classically trained, she plays and teaches a broad range of music. She is an experienced worship leader, playing piano and leading vocally––from contemporary chord charts to hymns and classical works.
Pamela has had a dual musical journey as a pianist and vocalist throughout her career. She toured as a pianist and singer two summers with Continental Singers in her high school days, touring the South Pacific and Europe. Leading vocally from the piano since she was eleven, she excels in arranging hymns and contemporary chord charts. It is her joy to be able to teach and collaborate with others in improvisation. She teaches the Improvisation Class during UNW Summer Piano Institute.
An accomplished singer, she has an instinctive awareness as a collaborative pianist that is attuned to the nuance of the vocalist. As an Adjunct Instructor of Music at University of Northwestern, she enjoys teaching piano and collaborating in the vocal department, playing for competitions, recitals, and Opera Workshop. Literally hundreds of pages of music are sight-read and performed each semester in a wide range of styles.
Recently, she has worked with choirs, such as Evangelion Chorale, touring Ukraine as vocalist and featured as a classical pianist. In 2016, she collaborated as guest pianist with the South Dakota Chorale and at the Dan Forrest Jubilate Deo Festival. She played and sang with Two Rivers Chorale for two seasons, highlighted as a solo pianist playing Aaron Copland music. She plays for theatre auditions and coaches high school students and young professionals for upcoming auditions and recordings. She is also a Staff Accompanist for Bethel University Chapel Choir, Men’s Chorus, and Concert Choir and accompanied the Bethel University Choir International Tour to Sweden, Latvia, and Estonia.
Pamela is a member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association and works as a certified judge in their contests. In addition to her collegiate work, Pamela sings with Deo Cantamus.
Faculty member since 2014; also teaches piano & voice for UNW Academy of Music
B.Mus. University of Wisconsin – Superior
M.M. University of Minnesota Duluth