Oboe, Oboe d’amore, English horn
A polished performer
A dedicated teacher
A respected scholar
A trained professional
Dr. Ann Willison Lemke enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer (oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn), a teacher, and a scholar of women composers. She appears frequently with area orchestras, including the Flint Symphony, Rochester Symphony, Warren Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony and Detroit Symphony. A Detroit-area native, she performed on series at Meadowbrook Music Festival, The Detroit Institute of Arts, and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival as a member of the Pastiche Wind Quintet and original member of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. Specializing in the interpretation of works by J.S. Bach, she has been a featured soloist with many area choral groups. Contemporary composers have sought her out to perform and record their works.
While residing in Germany, she performed as a soloist and on recitals, as well as with the Freiburg Philharmonic and the Bonn Chamber Orchestra, and was Principal Oboist for the American Sinfonietta European Tour.
Ann Lemke maintains a large oboe studio in Troy, and since 2001 has been the Oboe Instructor at Cranbrook Schools. Her oboe students have been selected to perform with youth orchestras and community ensembles, won concerto competitions and scholarships to prestigious universities and music camps, and consistently achieved high scores at festivals.
She studied oboe performance at the Manhattan School of Music with Elaine Douvas, after studying with Daniel Stolper at Interlochen Arts Academy. As a graduate student at Indiana University, she was co-principal oboist of the Columbus Philharmonic and studied oboe with Marc Lifschey. Her other teachers include master oboists John Mack, Ray Still, Joseph Robinson, and Donald Baker. She pursued further studies as a participant in the Marcel Moyse Woodwind Seminar, Le Domaine Forget Academy, and the Patrick McFarland English Horn Seminar.
A Fulbright scholar and DAAD grantee, Dr. Lemke has published numerous articles on German women composers. The songbook she edited, Inspired by Goethe: Songs by Women Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Furore Verlag, 1998), was made into a CD on the Salto label. As the recipient of a Weimar Steipend and a Beinecke Fellowship, she researched Goethe songs by women composers in Weimar and at the Beinecke Library, Yale University. She was awarded a research prize from the Bettine von Arnim Society for her pioneering work on von Arnim’s musical voice. She taught at Indiana University (where she completed the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature) and at the University of Bonn before becoming an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, where she has taught German language and Women in Music.
Dr. Lemke is a trained MSBOA adjudicator and an active member of the International Double Reed Society, the American Federation of Musicians, and the Detroit Federation of Musicians, Local 5. She lives in Troy with her husband and three children.