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School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

School of Music, Theatre
and Dance

Varner Hall, Room 207
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)
Academic Office: (248) 370-2030
Box Office: (248) 370-3013
Fax: (248) 370-2041
smtd@oakland.edu

Pamela L. Klena

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
Varner 308 | (248) 370-2287
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Dr. Pam Klena is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Oakland University where she conducts the Oakland University Symphonic Band, teaches elementary and secondary instrumental music education methods courses, and supervises student teachers. Dr. Klena holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she served as a graduate teaching assistant and studied with Kevin M. Geraldi and John R. Locke.  During her studies at UNCG, she conducted the Symphonic Band, University Band, Casella Sinfonietta, Wind Ensemble, and taught undergraduate conducting courses. Dr. Klena earned the Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University where she studied conducting with John E. Williamson.  During her studies she conducted the University Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and assisted with the Central Michigan Marching Chippewas.

Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Klena was the Director of Bands at Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, GA.  She taught beginning, middle, and high school band, general music courses, and conducted school musicals. In addition to participating in the Georgia All-State Band, Dr. Klena served as coordinator and director for the Georgia Independent School Association All-Select Middle School Honor Band and Chorus.

Dr. Klena earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where she studied conducting with David R. Holsinger and Mark Bailey.  During her time at Lee University, she traveled internationally promoting music education and leading masterclasses in countries such as Jordan, Brazil, and Kenya. She also was a founding member of a local beginning band program that afforded fifth-grade band students with free private lessons taught by college students.

Dr. Klena’s primary research interest is gender diversity among wind band conductors and is committed to furthering inclusivity in the field. Other research interests include audience engagement and recruitment in the 21st century. She believes this continuing research will enhance the field of music and conducting while the existence of wind band music in the academic environment continues to evolve.  She also was selected to present her literature review, “Toward Resolving Gender Inequities in the Field of Wind Conducting” at the Michigan Music Conference and was a recipient of the CBDNA Mike Moss Study Grant.  Dr. Klena is also a proud member of the College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, Conductors Guild, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.