Fritz Hemke

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Fred Hemke
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Assistant Professor of Music, Woodwinds/Jazz

M.M., Northwestern University

B.A., Northwestern University

Since 2003, Mr. Frederic J.B. Hemke has been a woodwind and jazz professor at Northern. Before joining Northern, Mr. Hemke was the director of jazz performance studies and saxophone instructor at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 10 years. He received bachelor and master of music degrees from Northwestern University and studied at the doctoral level at the Univeristy of Missouri-Columbia. He has performed as a guest artist in many international venues and as a sideman to many world-renowned musicians. He was the first call saxophonist/woodwind player for the Kansas City Orchestra and played much jazz in that city. He has been featured with the Amazonia Jazz Ensemble at The International Festival of Music of Para in Belem, Brazil. He premiered new music commissioned for him in Poland with the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and was a guest artist with the Athens Big Band at the Athens International Jazz Festival. 
Mr. Hemke has taught as a visiting scholar in jazz at the Franz Liszt College of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and soloed at a jazz festival in that city. He has been featured as a soloist many times at the North American Saxophone Alliance conventions. Mr. Hemke is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, National Association for Music Educators, and the National Honorary Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.