Jane Hatter is a cultural musicologist who joined the faculty of the U’s School of Music in Fall 2015. Her research into the cultural and social contexts for music in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is motivated by a desire to reveal the hidden networks that generated and promoted musical knowledge and practice.
Prof. Hatter’s first monograph, Composing Community in Late Medieval Music: Self-Reference, Pedagogy and Practice, will soon be released by Cambridge University Press. This book examines the ways that musical community was expressed and promoted through the large repertoire of music about music and musicians extant from the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Part of the Music in Context series, this book has been supported by both the U’s University Research Committee and a publication subvention from the American Musicological Society, funded by the Martin Picker Endowment, the NEH and the Mellon Foundation.
Prof. Hatter has also published on musical time in early sixteenth-century Italian paintings (Early Music, 2011) and on intersections between popular devotions and ecclesiastical liturgy in Renaissance motets that include or quote the Ave Maria prayer (2012). More recently she has contributed a chapter to the interdisciplinary volume Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2016). In this chapter she examines the persistence and conversion of music for women's churching ceremonies in both Catholic and Protestant contexts in the early Reformation period. This interdisciplinary work illuminates a site of ritual and social negotiation central to the lives of early modern women across confessional divides. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays on music and art for commemorations and an article reflecting on the broader implications a music manuscript associated with Anne Boleyn.
As an enthusiastic teacher, Prof. Hatter emphasizes the importance of understanding music as a human enterprise, investigating the many commonalities of experience across time and place. She has recently offered undergraduate courses that survey music in a primarily European context from 750-1750, Renaissance and Baroque literature courses, and seminars on women in early music history, intersections of music and visual art, and music for mourning in the Renaissance.
Prof. Hatter received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, and her BMus degree from University of the Pacific in Stockton California.
- Music History I: Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque
- Baroque Literature
- Renaissance Literature
- Special Topics in Musicology