Meet Our Faculty

Heather Buchman, Chair, Professor of Music

B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., University of Michigan; Professional Studies in Conducting, The Julliard School
Areas of expertise: 0rchestral repertoire and conducting, ballet and opera conducting, trombone and low brass, solo performance, 20th- and 21st-century music

Ryan Carter, Visiting 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, Professor of Music

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

Robert Hopkins, Associate Professor of Music

B.A., Oberlin College; M.A. University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Areas of expertise: closure in music, codas and their function in sonata-form movements, musical parameters and the perception of musical form, critical and structural analysis of the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and Mahler; barbershop quartet music and style

G. Roberts Kolb, the Marjorie and Robert W. McEwen Professor and Chair of Music

A.B., Occidental College; M.A., California State University; D.M.A., University of Illinois
Areas of expertise: conducting techniques, choral literature, French Baroque music, Guillaume Bouzignac and Brahms vocal ensemble music

Samuel Pellman, the James L. Ferguson Professor of Music

B.Mus., Miami University; A.M. and D.M.A., Cornell University
Areas of expertise: theory and composition, digital music techniques

Jace Saplan, Assistant Professor of Music

B.A. University of Hawai'i; M.Mus., University of Oregon; M.Ed., Concordia University; D.M.A., University of Miami
Areas of expertise: choral pedagogy, choral literature, conducting techniques, multicultural choral methods, music and race, music and gender, and music of the Pacific Rim

Michael Woods, the Leonard C. Ferguson 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

Suzanne Beevers, Lecturer in Music (Violoncello)

B.A., Hamilton College; MALS, SUNY Empire State
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Contact Information

Music Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
315-859-4261 315-859-4464 hbuchman@hamilton.edu Music Website
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