Widely esteemed for her motivating solo appearances and highly regarded for her musical orchestral performing leadership, Pamela Smitter captivates her audiences with a rare blend of compelling and expressive musical style. During the past decade she has held the position of principal trumpet with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra (WMSO) and section trumpet in the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She performs internationally in the HornPipes! Duo with organist Scott Montgomery, and released her first CD, HARK!, with this ensemble in 2010.
Previously she lived and worked in South America as Principal Trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfónica de Maracaibo (in Venezuela) and subsequently, with the prestigious Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela, Caracas. These associations provided the impetus for numerous solo engagements throughout Venezuela. Recently she performed the Hummel Concerto with the WMSO to critical acclaim, and the HornPipes! Duo enjoys an enthusiastic and fan-like audience wherever they perform!
An avid teacher and mentor, she has served as lead musician for the Carnegie LinkUP program in the WMSO since 2004, coaching participating area teachers and musician mentor colleagues, and interacting in local music classrooms. In addition, Pamela is the West Michigan Director for Bugles Across America, professor of trumpet, adjunct, at Hope College, and a DMA candidate at Michigan State University. She has previously taught at Grand Valley State University in the capacity of adjunct professor of music and Spanish. In 2010 she became a Schilke artist