Region mourns Penola performer

The region’s music community is mourning the passing of noted teacher and composer Pamela Walker OAM.

Ms Walker died at the Pinchunga Hostel at Penola on March 7 at the age of 79.

Ms Walker is perhaps best known for founding the Southern Heritage Singers in Penola in 1992 and composing many of its performance and recording pieces.

Under her direction, the Southern Heritage Singers achieved much success.

Indeed, the citation for her OAM states it was awarded for her service to the community and in particular as a music teacher and with the Southern Heritage Singers.

It was awarded on Australia Day in 2000.

As an accompanist, Ms Walker played for her singing students at regional eisteddfods.

Among her notable past singing students was Millicent resident Euan Doidge who has gone on to leading roles in musicals staged across the nation.

She was also the organist at the churches in the Penola Catholic Parish.

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