As a former-English-teacher mom who bloomed late into a working singer — and then music director — and then composer and arranger — in the crevices among 13 years of homeschooling her three kids, Pam Welsh-Huggins is all about saying “yes,” and then figuring things out. Since moving to Columbus in 2000, she . . .
– founded the VoiceQuad, Columbus’ most prolific caroling troupe — which has entertained holiday visitors to Easton and at events all over town since 2001
– has composed & arranged over 50 pieces of (mostly choral) music, ranging from kids’ ditties about mycelium and how silent E works to a piece premiered on WOSU radio for 2 pipe organs, handbell choir, SATB adult choir and treble chorus
– has written over 500 haiku, most of which she has illustrated with photos, and has taught workshops on how to ‘ku
She began tip-toeing into the Columbus theatre scene when her kids were involved in shows at “the Davis” — now known as the CPAC — repairing wardrobe malfunctions and helping out when the music director was sick. She gained a reputation as a kid-herder who could sing and could wrangle large numbers of young persons into harmony. Thus when Slay and John Dranschak came to her to talk about finding a music director for Merrily We Roll Along, Available Light’s first musical, she was rather unaccustomed to working with people who were taller than she — but eventually, she said “yes.” And she keeps saying “yes” to everything AVLT asks, from building a bad-ass rock band for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson to writing what Columbus Underground called the “beautifully stunning” a cappella vocal arrangements featured in The History Boys.
– Vocal coach at Red Piano Studio in Westgate
– #1 fan of Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics & Geography in One of the Country’s Busiest Death Penalty States and Hatred at Home: al-Qaida on Trial in the American Midwest and the upcoming Andy Hayes mystery series, to be published by Swallow Press in 2014.
– Mom to a civil engineer (Sarah), a dancer/choreographer (Thomas), and an environmental advocate (Emma) & happiest when they are all around the dinner table.