Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Stephen Hamilton (Adjunct Associate Professor)

Fields of Study:
Organ Performance

Degrees and Studies:
D.M.A., Manhattan School of Music

Biographical Information:
Stephen Hamilton, virtuoso concert organist, has long been prominent on the American organ scene. The New York Times recently wrote of Hamilton’s performance of the Bach “Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor:” “Hamilton, as minister of music at the church, obviously knew the instrument’s sonorous capabilities and brought them powerfully to bear in a rousing account.” The Charleston Daily Mail reviewed: “This performance had to be one of the supreme moments of music making in this year’s or any other year’s Orgelfest offerings.” For the past thirty years, such consistent critical acclaim has earned Hamilton a reputation as a thoroughly engaging and popular artist and has firmly established his reputation as a leading and much sought-after personality.

Stephen Hamilton is Minister of Music at the historic Church of the Holy Trinity (Episcopal), in New York City, where he conducts the semi-professional Holy Trinity Choir and is Artistic Director of Music at Holy Trinity, the church's subscription concert series. The New York Times acknowledges that Hamilton’s concert series “is an important venue for week-end presentations.” Highlights of Hamilton’s career include the premiere performance of Kenton Coe's “Concerto for Organ, Strings and Percussion” in France, a performance with the Detroit Symphony with conductor David Zinman, and appearances with numerous regional orchestras. Hamilton has been heard in hundreds of solo recitals and on the nationally broadcast radio program Pipe Dreams as well as WETS-FM's Pipes, Pedals and Pistons. His compact disc release of Marcel Dupré's “Le Chemin de la Croix” met with exceptional reviews from a number of magazines and trade journals including The American Organist and The American Record Guide.

In addition to his duties at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Dr. Hamilton is a member of the artist faculties at Hunter, Mannes and Queens Colleges. Dr. Hamilton is in demand as a clinician for master classes and workshops, frequently lecturing on issues related to church music as well as organ teaching, playing and interpretation. He presented classes on various aspects of church music at the University of the South in the summer of 2001 and has presented church music repertoire classes for the 2002, 2004 and 2006 National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago.

As a writer, Hamilton championed American composer Kenton Coe in his doctoral thesis at the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequently Part I of that document was published in the June, 1996, issue of The American Organist. Additionally, Coe's “Fantasy for Organ” was recorded at The Church of the Holy Trinity and is included in the Great Organs of New York compact disc collection.

Hamilton was Dean of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 1998-2004, is President of the Alain Association in America and was the program chairman of the Region II AGO convention in New York City in July of 2007.

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