Janice Hamer’s music includes solo vocal, choral, orchestral and chamber works, and an opera, Lost Childhood, based on a Holocaust memoir. Her music has been performed in England, France, Austria, Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Ukraine, and by various groups in this country. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, grants from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Councils on the Arts, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Composers Forum and ASCAP, and she has had five residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has degrees from Harvard and Westminster Choir College, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her teachers were Earl Kim, Peter Maxwell Davies and Thea Musgrave.
A longtime Philadelphia resident, Hamer taught at Swarthmore, and earlier at Curtis and Haverford. She currently lives in the Washington D.C. area. In addition to her musical activities, she has recently organized a project to introduce solar cooking to several Tanzanian villages.