Pam Wiley played with the Harrisburg Symphony for 28 years (1978-2006), taught the Suzuki method in Central PA for over 40 years, and has been an avid back-porch fiddler since the early 70s. In 2005, Pam relocated to South Carolina with her husband John where they currently maintain a private studio at Hungry Monk Music. From 2009 to 2014, Pam worked closely with Mark O’Connor to develop and promote the O’Connor Method Books, including training over 800 teachers across North America in the New American School of Violin Playing. In 2011, Pam founded and directed the first American Music Camp (under the name of “O’Connor Method Camp”) in Charleston, South Carolina. Now in its 6th year, this camp has set the standard for summer music camps for young students wishing to experience a diversity of musical styles, improvising, jamming and holistic music-making with peers.
In 2012 Pam founded LASO (Lowcountry American String Orchestra), a multi-generational community orchestra that specializes in studying and performing American string music. Also in 2012, Pam started The Jacksonboro Fiddle Club, a free after school program for under-served children in rural South Carolina. She is currently the President of American Music System Charleston, Inc. and editor of The American Music System Newsletter. Pam wrote “Teacher Training in the American Music System,” a teacher’s manual for the O’Connor Method books. Pam is a frequent clinician at music educators’ professional development workshops and conventions and currently teaches a graduate level course entitled “Teaching Strings in the American Music System” accredited by the College of Charleston. Look for the keyword "TEACHERS" for many of Pam's workshops at FH.