Visiting Associate Professor of Music (part-time)
Lang Music Building 403
Janice Hamer graduated from Harvard and received her Ph.D. at the City University of New York; her main composition teachers were Earl Kim and Thea Musgrave. She lived for some years in England, where her music was performed on BBC radio and in London concert halls. Now residing in Philadelphia, Dr. Hamer has taught at Swarthmore since 2003. She previously taught at Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and the Curtis Institute.
Her awards and fellowships include the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard, grants from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, Meet the Composer, American Music Center and ASCAP, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Recent performing groups and/or commissions include Orchestra 2001, Dale Warland Singers, BBC Singers, Contemporary Music Forum of Washington, DC, Bowling Green (OH) Festival, I Cantori, Double Image (UK), Pittsburgh Trio, Philadelphia Concerto Soloists, Apple Hill Chamber Players, Tacoma (WA) Symphony, University of Wisconsin Choir, Kharkov (Ukraine) Philharmonic, the US Holocaust Museum ensemble, and Syracuse's Society for New Music.
She has recently completed a full length opera, Lost Childhood, based on a Holocaust memoir, which is commissioned and developed by American Opera Projects.