Catherine Crone ’13, who majored in music and math, capped a distinguished career at Hamilton College by winning a prestigious Royster Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She’s studying musicology and hopes to make a career in academics.
At Hamilton, Crone managed to excel in class and take on a range of extracurricular ventures. She and Professor of Music Lydia Hamessley won an Emerson Summer Grant to research banjo instruction manuals from the 19th century. In the spirit of hands-on research, Crone, who plays classical piano, attempted to teach herself how to play the instrument by using the manuals. They are from an extensive and unique collect of banjo-related material that is part of the College Rare Book Room. As part of the research project, Crone and Hamessley worked to create content for an interactive, public website about the banjo and its history.
Crone was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a Dean’s List student at Hamilton. She won the Madeleine Wild Bristol Prize Scholarship in Music and was a member of the College Choir.