Dr. Nora Hamme’s experience in several fields of music has made her an exciting and versatile violist. An avid performer, Dr. Hamme has won numerous scholarships and awards for her solo, chamber, and orchestral abilities, which in turn have given her the opportunity to study with Sally Peck, Patricia McCarty, Ulrich Eichenauer, James VanValkenburg, and Doris Lederer. She has performed in masterclasses for esteemed violists and ensembles, including James Dunham, Amadi Hummings, Sheila Browne, Lynne Ramsey, Karen Ritscher, Michelle LaCourse, and The Juilliard, Mendelssohn, and Pacifica Quartets.
As a performer, Dr. Hamme has played in several orchestras throughout the Southeast, including the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra (DC), Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Charleston (SC), and Maryland Symphonies, as well as several opera and ballet companies.
Dr. Hamme is an advocate for music education, and has served as a guest artist for several public school orchestras and youth symphonies. She has recorded educational materials for private and classroom teaching for publishing companies such as Lorenz Publishing, C. Alan Publications, and Lynne Latham Music. An experienced educator, Dr. Hamme’s students have been recipients of numerous awards for their performances, both solo and orchestral. Dr. Hamme is currently the Lecturer of Upper Strings at Juniata College and an Adjunct Professor of Music Appreciation at Hagerstown Community College.
Dr. Hamme received her B.M. and M.M. in viola performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts. She also studied orchestral studies with James VanValkenburg of the Detroit Symphony. Dr. Hamme was awarded the D.M.A. in viola performance from Shenandoah University Conservatory.