Elizabeth Hambleton

Elizabeth Hambleton


MA Theory, Spring 2017

Phd Theory, Spring 2020


Elizabeth Hambleton is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she studies with Professor Ben Levy. She completed her BA in Music with an emphasis in Music Theory, plus a major in Anthropology with an archaeology emphasis, at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 2013. She studied as a music theory student of Professor Susan Pickett and a flute student of Professor Rachel Chacko. There, she performed in numerous theatrical shows and concerts, including The Secret Lives of Coats (2010), Trelawney of the Wells (2012), and My Chernobyl (2013). In her undergraduate thesis, she analyzed the cyclical micro- and macro-motives Debussy employed in his 1915 Sonate pour flute, alto et harpe, and suggested Debussy’s potential vision for further motivic development through the sonata cycle that he never completed.
Elizabeth’s doctoral research focuses on analyzing electroacoustic music scores in the age of the digital audio workspace. She has presented conference papers in video game music theory at the North American Conference of Video Game Music in North Carolina in 2016, the Ludomusicology Conference in England in 2017, and the Conference of Music and the Moving Image in New York in 2017. She has also presented on notation studies at the Pacific Northwest Graduate Conference in Washington in 2017, and at the Brandeis Graduate Conference on ‘music and meaning’ in Massachusetts in 2017. In the summer of 2017, she attended the Eastman School of Music summer seminar in electroacoustic music, partnered with IRCAM, in Paris, France.
On the side, Elizabeth composes and arranges music. In 2017, she earned second place in the Corwin awards for her small ensemble piece Solche Swing, Sehr Schoen as well as her marimba duet Beethoven’s Twiddle. Elizabeth is also a frequent concert reviewer for the LA-based e-journal newclassicla. In her spare time, you can find Elizabeth biking around Santa Barbara or in the kitchen trying out yet another muffin recipe.