Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, born July 11, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hemke received his Bachelor of Science degree in music education from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1958. He earned the Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, and earned the A.Mus.D. (doctor of musical arts) degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1975. In September 1955 he began studies with Marcel Mule at the Paris Conservatoire National de Musique et de Declamation in Paris, France. He earned the Premier Prix in 1956, becoming the first American saxophonist to earn this distinction.In 1962, Hemke started his educational career as professor of saxophone at the Northwestern University School of Music in Evanston, Illinois. In this position he has taught hundreds of saxophonists, many who have gone on to become teachers in their own right.He has edited a substantial collection of music for saxophone solo and ensembles, he has authored many articles and educational materials. Hemke is also well known as a designer of a line of reeds which bear his name. 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 Orchestra and many other orchestras. He has given the premiere performances of several works for saxophone, including Allan Pettersson's "Symphony No. 16" and James Di Pasquale's "Sonata for Tenor Saxophone."He was appointed the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. He served as president of the North American Saxophone Alliance and was later awarded Honorary Life Membership in that organization.
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