Pamela D. Hughes

Pamela D. Hughes has a music degree from Radford University in Virginia, where she studied with Dr. Kathryn G. Obenshain, taught piano through the Radford Community School of the Arts, and placed in the inaugural Bartok Competition at RU which is now the Bartok-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev International Piano Competition. From ages 8-18, she studied piano and organ with Mrs. Joyce Vaughan in Lynchburg and Appomattox, Virginia. These two professional women were crucial in her personal life and musical life and she strives to honor them by being a blessing to her students as they were to her. She is a member of the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum, the Charlotte Music Club and is a yearly adjudicator at area National Federation of Music Clubs Festivals. Pamela served many years as a church pianist and has been involved with preschool, children, and youth choirs. She is in her 24th year of teaching elementary music both in CMS and private schools in Charlotte. This year is Mrs. Hughes’ 44th year of teaching private piano lessons in her home studio and she teaches privately at Charlotte Academy of Music. Her passion is teaching and encouraging the individual piano student to love and experience music for a lifetime, aiding them to gradually develop their talent and skills, one lesson at a time. She also enjoys learning from her students and being introduced to new musicians, music, and ideas through them.


One of her hobbies is repurposing old piano parts into creative art pieces, so the PianoDrome is right up her alley! Music can be enjoyed individually, but is also a valuable experience when utilized, shared and enjoyed in community with others and Pamela is confident being involved with PianoDrome at Charlotte’s SHOUT! Festival will be a highlight of her music career!