Lani Hamilton is currently an Assistant Instructor at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches courses in human learning and behavior and string instrument methods. An active performer, teacher, and researcher, she is currently studying the role of errors in motor skill learning, and she has presented her work at conferences throughout the United States. Prior to moving to Texas, she was a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony and served as principal second violin of Opera Naples. She has been invited to perform at festivals throughout the country, including the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival and the Brevard Music Center as a chamber music fellow.
Lani began her music violin studies at the age of three. She was awarded the Constance Weldon Scholarship to attend the University of Miami, where she graduated with honors with B.M. in violin performance. She later attended The University of Texas at Austin where she earned her M.M. in violin performance while serving as a teaching assistant and performing as concertmaster of The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music and Human Learning at UT Austin. Lani has studied violin with Sandy Yamamoto, Glenn Basham, and Reiko Niiya; chamber music with the Miró Quartet; and music education with Robert Duke and Laurie Scott.
Lani currently teaches in The University of Texas String Project, where she has served as coordinator for the outreach program at UT Elementary School. She also coaches chamber music at the Austin Chamber Music Center and maintains an active private studio. An avid supporter of public school music education, Lani has served as a teacher and orchestra consultant for Manor Independent School District in Texas and The Lee County Public School System in Florida, where she assisted both districts in developing and growing string orchestra programs.