Musical practice was changing rapidly in the 14th century and it is not hard to detect an excitement for blazing forward with the newly developed techniques. It is also not difficult to sense nostalgia for the past, especially among the writers who contributed to a long-standing tradition on writing about music. I research medieval English books on music theory where I am mostly interested in obtaining a better understanding of who wrote and read music theory treatises in the 14th century. In my research, I investigate content of texts as well as the placement of books within medieval libraries in monasteries to better understand how musicians in 14th-century England would have engaged with writings about music.
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 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.
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