- Frederick Hemke
He began his formal music education in 1953 at
Wisconsin State College of Milwaukee(a predecessor of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee). He earned a Bachelor of Science degree there in 1958.
He earned the Master of Music degree from the
Eastman School of Musicat the University of Rochesterin 1962.
He earned the A.Mus.D. (doctor of musical arts) degree from the
University of Wisconsin-Madisonin 1975.
In September 1955 he began studies with
Marcel Muleat the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique et de Declamation in Paris, France. He earned the Premier Prix there, becoming the first American saxophonist to earn this distinction.
Since 1962, Dr. Hemke has been the professor of saxophone at the
Northwestern UniversitySchool of Music in Evanston, Illinois. He currently serves as Louis and Elsie Snydacker Eckstein Professor of Music and Associate Dean of the School of Music. In this position he has taught hundreds of talented saxophonists, many who have gone on to become well known teachers in their own right. "His students teach and perform in major teaching and performing positions throughout the world." [http://www.music.northwestern.edu/faculty_profiles/fp_performance.html#windperc]
His students include:
Anders Lundegard, international performer
John Sampen, Professor of Saxophone, Bowling Green State University
David Sanborn, international jazz performer and recording artist
Joseph Murphy, Professor of Saxophone, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania[http://music.mansfield.edu]
Dr. Eric Honour, Associate Professor of Music, Director of Music Technology, University of Central Missouri
*Dr. Scott Plugge, Associate Chair of Music, Professor of Saxophone, Sam Houston State University
He has edited a substantial collection of music for saxophone solo and ensembles, most of which is published by the
Southern Music Company. He has authored many articles and educational materials.
Dr. Hemke is well known as the designer of a line of reeds which bear his name. Rico Reeds began making "Frederick L. Hemke" brand saxophone reeds in 1982.
Hemke is an artist-clinician for
The Selmer Company, a well-known manufacturer of saxophones, based in Paris, France.
In 1979 Hemke was host for the Sixth
World Saxophone Congressheld at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Hemke is an internationally acknowledged saxophone player, and he has appeared as a soloist in addition to giving master classes and lectures in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, and the Far East. He has performed with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestraand many other orchestras.
He has given the premiere performances of several works for saxophone, including:
Allan PetterssonSymphony No. 16
*James Di Pasquale's Sonata for Tenor Saxophone
Recordings and Publications
In 1975, Hemke's doctoral dissertation, "The Early History of the Saxophone", was published. It explores in depth the saxophone's history and gradual acceptance in the realm of symphonic music.
Among his solo releases are:
*"Music for Tenor Saxophone" (1975) Brewster Records
*"Simple Gifts" (2006) Saxo Records
*The American Saxophonist (2006) Saxo Records
*The American Saxophone Brewster Records
*Contemporary Music for Saxophone--Lapider Records
*"(need names of other recordings)"
He is featured on several recordings, including:
*Allan Pettersson's “Symphony No. 16” with
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra(Ahronovitch) Swedish Heritage Discophile ( [http://www.musicweb.uk.net/classrev/2000/nov00/pettersson.htm] )
*“Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra of Wind Instruments” by
Ross Lee Finneywith the Northwestern University Wind Ensemble( John Paynter) on New World Records
*Quintet for Saxophone and String Quartet by
Warren Bensonwith the Kronos Quarteton SRI Records
Ralph Shapey, University of Chicago Contemporary Players(Shapey) on Nonesuch Records
*Concerto for Saxophone and Winds by
Paul Crestonwith the Interlochen Arts AcademyWind Ensemble on Interlochen Arts Academy Records
*Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra by
Ingolf Dahlwith University of Wisconsin-MadisonWind Ensemble ( H. Robert Reynolds) on University of Wisconsin-Madison Records
*He has recorded with the
Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Contemporary Chamber Players.
*He appears on six recordings with the
Chicago Symphony Orchestra:
**Pictures at an Exhibition (
**Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (
Georges Bizet)-- Jean Martinon
**Age of Gold (
Dmitri Shostakovich)-- Leopold Stokowski
Maurice Ravel)-- Jean Martinon
Maurice Ravel)--Sir Georg Solti
**The Final Alice (
Del Tredici)--Sir Georg Solti
Numerous pieces have been written for him or dedicated to him, including:
*"Music for Tenor Saxophone and Piano," written by M. William Karlins in 1969
*Allan Pettersson's “Symphony No. 16” for orchestra with bravura alto saxophone (commissioned by Hemke)
Awards and honors
*In 1956, he became the first American to be awarded the prestigious Premiere Prix du Saxophone at the
*He received the
Kappa Kappa Psi"Distinguished Service to Music Award."
*He was appointed the CHARLES DEERING McCORMICK PROFESSOR OF TEACHING EXCELLENCE at
*He served as president of the
North American Saxophone Allianceand was later awarded Honorary Life Membership in that organization.
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