Dr. Sarah Hamilton

DMA (Doctorate of Musical Arts), The Ohio State University

Dr. Hamilton's Bio
The Fredonia Oboe Studio

Dr. Sarah Hamilton is Professor of Oboe at the State University of New York at Fredonia, where she is a longtime member of the touring Fredonia Woodwind Quintet. She is principal oboe with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and solo English Horn with the Erie Philharmonic. She has also performed regularly with Bach and Beyond, the Chautauqua Symphony, and the Buffalo Philharmonic. Dr. Hamilton has appeared as a soloist most recently with the Orchard Park Symphony (on bass oboe), the Erie Philharmonic, the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, the Fredonia College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and at conventions of the International Double Reed Society.

Dr. Hamilton holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree from Wayne State University where she studied with former Detroit Symphony oboist Robert Sorton. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Western Ontario where her teachers included Shelley Heron, Geralyn Giovannetti and Perry Baumen. She began her studies with Lawrence Cherney.

Teaching Interests

Oboe, English Horn, Chamber music, Oboe method class, Entrepreneurship in the Arts, Diversity in the Classical Music Community

Research Interests

Diversity in repertoire, The "New" Classical Music, Musician's Health and Body use (Body Mapping), Community Engagement

Awards and Honors

  • Sabbatical, SUNY Fredonia (2018).

Professional Membership

  • The International Double Reed Society

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Programs

  • Can-Am Oboe Trio Commissioning Project, N/A (2022).

Intellectual Contributions

  • "Teaching Woodwinds: Oboe," Mountainpeak Music (2018).
  • "Tuning Duets," Mountainpeak Music (2018).


  • "With Eyes Glancing Skyward by Fredonia composer Rob Deemer," Sarah Hamilton and Nick Weiser, , YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGuCA6evtDE (2021).
  • "Nature Boy by Eden Ahbez for two oboes and jazz piano," Sarah Hamilton, Nick Weiser, Aaron Hill, , YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGuCA6evtDE (2021).
  • "Performance for the Erie Phil with Erie's WQLN," Sarah Hamilton and Nick Weiser, , Erie, PA WQLN (2021).
  • "Nine New York City Miniatures by Gary Nash," Sarah Jean Hamilton , , YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2X7Hvch7oM (2020).


  • "Finding Your Way as a 21st Century Performing Musician," N/A (2019).
  • "Children’s Concerts: Opportunities for Interactive Listening," 2018 Early Childhood Music and Movement Convention (2018).