Pamela Doughty, Viola

Where did you grow up?  Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Where do you currently live?  Lyman, Maine.

What instruments do you play?  Viola, violin and piano.

Educational background:  University of Maine, BA in arts, with courses in education added later to get a teaching degree, also.

Family, Pets, Kids: My husband Geoffrey Doughty is the broadcast announcer for the PSO; which is how we met. 25 years ago he joined the orchestra on stage as narrator for a piece we were doing during that Magic of Christmas season. Bassist Lynn Hannings was a friend of his, confirmed that he was single and arranged an introduction. Voila! (or Viola!)

How did you get started in music?   Really, the most important factor was being in an elementary school with a strong music program. I was so lucky to have great early teachers and supportive parents.

What non-PSO musical activities do you participate in?  I teach in the Kennebunk area – adults through Kennebunk Adult Ed, and 2-5 graders at an after-school “stretch beyond” program. Such different groups, and they’re both great fun.  Violas are the most beautiful instruments in the world. (And violists have the most fun together!).

What’s your favorite PSO memory?  It’s so hard to pick just one, but besides meeting my husband, it has to be all the fun we have at Magic of Christmas concerts. I think the year the trombones strung up flashing lights on their trombone slides and shorted out the circuit breakers was a particularly good year.

If you couldn’t be a musician, what would be your dream job?   Either a kitchen designer or a dog trainer.

Any non-musical hobbies?  Cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing (I love winter), baking and cooking vegan meals, reading and walking with my dog..

What is your favorite music? What are you currently listening to?  I was just listening to some Dixieland Jazz. I love different kinds of music – bluegrass, some country, pop/rock, opera, so-called “world music”, blues, big band – and, of course, classical.

Favorite eats in Portland:  The Oriental Table is a regular.  Nice selections for vegans, too.  Tandoor, Kamasouptra, Pepper Club, David’s.

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