Pamela Ajango has been a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (2nd oboe/English horn) since 2007. She has also served as acting principal oboe of the ICO, and can be heard in that role on the ICO’s first recording release, Momentum 21. She is Instructor of Oboe at Butler University, joining the faculty in 2013. Ajango has been an in-demand freelance oboist for over 20 years. As a studio musician, she regularly records for music publishers Alfred, FJH, Hal Leonard, and many others. She often can be heard in the pit orchestras of visiting Broadway musicals, in solo and chamber music series, and with other professional orchestras.
Ajango relocated to Indianapolis in 2002 from New York City, where she began her professional career. While working there, she performed with many esteemed ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as for many Broadway productions and commercial recordings. She helped create the SONOS Chamber Orchestra of New York, serving as its first personnel manager and principal oboist, and was a featured soloist on its premiere concert.
An Indianapolis native,Ajango began her oboe studies with Malcolm Smith, former principal oboist of the ISO, and her predecessor at Butler University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Boston University as a student of Ralph Gomberg, former principal oboist of the Boston Symphony. Her master’s degree is from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Joseph Robinson, retired principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic. She completed doctoral work with Stephen Taylor at SUNY Stony Brook.