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Meet Our Faculty

Heather Buchman

Heather Buchman, Chair, The Carolyn C. and David M.’38 Ellis Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music

B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., University of Michigan; Professional Studies in Conducting, The Julliard School
Areas of expertise: orchestral repertoire and conducting, ballet and opera conducting, trombone and low brass, solo performance, 20th- and 21st-century music
David Bird

David Bird, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

B.M., Oberlin Conservatory of Music; M.A., D.M.A., Columbia University
Areas of expertise: computer music composition, studio recording, interactive sound and video, algorithmic music composition, spectral and transcription-based music, multimedia collaboration
Charlotte Botha

Charlotte Botha, Assistant Professor of Music

B.Mus., University of Pretoria; M.Mus., Nelson Mandela University
Areas of expertise: Choral repertoire and conducting; phonetic transcription of Afrikaans choral music; group vocal technique; choregie and interdisciplinary ensemble performance; text-painting in a cappella music; children’s choir composition; equity, diversity and inclusion in the choral literature canon
Ryan Carter

Ryan Carter, Assistant Professor of Music

B.Mus., Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; M.A., Stony Brook University; Ph.D., New York University
Areas of expertise: acoustic and electro-acoustic composition, post-tonal analysis, audio programming, algorithmic composition, and mobile platform development of audio applications
Lydia Hamessley

Lydia Hamessley, Professor of Music

B.Mus.Ed., Texas Lutheran College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Areas of expertise: Dolly Parton, American folk and traditional musics, banjo, music and film, Medieval and Renaissance music, music and gender
Tonia Passwater

Tonia Passwater, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

B.M., Jacksonville University; M.M., CUNY, Brooklyn College; Ph.D., CUNY, The Graduate Center
Areas of expertise: women composers; Modernism; American music of the 19th and 20th centuries; reception history; race, gender, social class, and music; opera and the Enlightenment
Michael Woods

Michael Woods, the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Music

B.A., University of Akron; M.A., Indiana University; D.M.A., University of Oklahoma
Areas of expertise: jazz, composition, inspiring student growth and revealing music's secrets
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Music Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4354 315-859-4464 kmcarrol@hamilton.edu Music Website
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