About me




I am currently Assistant Professor at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where I teach courses on music history and the history of music theory. In my teaching I advocate an equal study of women and minorities in music across history and actively seek opportunities to write and teach their music. In Spring 2018, I was a guest at M.I.T. where I taught 21M.220 Medieval and Renaissance Music.

In my main area of research, I investigate music treatises written in England around the turn of the fourteenth century. I investigate the textual content along with the placement of books within medieval libraries to better understand how musicians would have engaged with writings about music.

Musical practices were changing rapidly in the fourteenth century: there were new forms of notations that were being established and complex genres with multiple voices were beginning to emerge in written form. Among all of this, it is not hard to detect an excitement among theorists who, using intellectual trends of their day, figured out how to talk about these newly developed techniques with precision. It is also not difficult to sense nostalgia for the past, especially among the writers who wrote to contribute to a long-standing tradition on writing about music. I find the ancient discourse preserved in manuscripts extremely fascinating and am mostly interested in obtaining a better understanding of who wrote and read music theory treatises within their monastic contexts.

I also write about those who have been marginalized in the Western music cannon to help bring to light long-forgotten histories and untold stories. My writing has mostly focused on women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as well as the origins of Western music and its establishment in Japan.






私は長野県戸隠村の山のふもとで育った。日本の文化を習うため親の要求により保育教育から日本の教育を受けました。8歳からピアノを習い始め、中学時代からは憧れの音楽家を目指し始めた。2003年にアメリカに移住し、ポートランド州立大学の音楽部ピアノ専攻に入学。バッハやベートーヴェンを弾きながら気になったのは西洋音楽の音符の歴史。ピアノ科よりも音楽歴史に興味をもち2008年ウェールズのバンガー大学に音楽学を勉強するため大学院生になる。2009年には博士研究の奨学金を受け, 大英国で5年間14世紀のイギリス音楽の勉強を熟す。研究結果はオクスフォード大学を始めセントアンドリュース大学、プラハのチャールズ大学、アメリカではプリンストン大学、MIT、イエール大学各地で発表する。



現在ボストンに滞在しボストン音楽院で音楽学の教授として努めている。




Education

In 2009 Hamilton was the recipient of the 125th Anniversary Ph.D. Research Scholarship at Bangor University (Wales, UK). Hamilton was awarded The Drapers’ Company Medal for Outstanding Postgraduate Contribution from the London-based guild in 2012 for her research on medieval music theory in England. In 2015 she received her doctorate from Bangor University after completing a dissertation titled “Walter of Evesham Abbey and the Intellectual Milieu of Fourteenth-century English Music Theory.” Hamilton holds an MA with Distinction from the same institution. She received a BM in Piano Performance magna cum laude from Portland State University in 2007 where she studied with Harold Gray, former director of Portland Piano International. 


While at Bangor University Hamilton organized several conferences including an international conference on understanding unconventional music notation, “Off the Staves” (2010). Stemming from this conference, she helped to organize several concerts of Cornelius Cardew's graphic score, Treatise, with the London-based vocal ensemble, Vocal Constructivists (London Art Gallery and Morley College). Hamilton also managed the Bangor New Music Festival with composer and artistic director Guto Puw.





Where I am From
Hamilton was born and raised in the mountains of Nagano, Japan and speaks Japanese fluently. As a child, she studied piano privately with Kumiko Nishi and Junko Hara and attended Japanese school. 



Contact:

ehamilton4(at)berklee.edu


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