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Voice, Guitar, & the Marlene M. Bowen Piano Program Director
Columbia College Chicago, Masters of Arts Management, Arts in Youth and Community Development Concentration
University of Delaware, Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Vocal/Choral Focus
Pamela Shortall joined Merit School of Music as the Piano, Voice, and Guitar Program Director after more than a decade working with Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC).
At CCC, Pamela most recently served as the School Program Director, where she cultivated relationships between Chicago schools, community organizations, families, and public representatives to deliver meaningful school programs.
Previously, Pamela taught music and choir in a Maryland middle school, and acted as music director and stage manager for a number of school and community theatre productions.
When not at Merit, she can be found in her kitchen baking or spending time in her community garden.