For Immediate Release
June 12, 2013
Conn-Selmer is proud to announce this year’s recipient of the Centerstage Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Fred Hemke. Dr. Hemke has been one of the most significant educators in saxophones, retiring this past year from Northwestern University after 50 years of service. He has played and been a partner with Conn-Selmer and Henri Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces throughout his career.
Dr. Hemke received this honor at the Conn-Selmer Institute ceremony on June 10th 2013. The presentation was held at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana. Dr. Hemke was emotional and overjoyed with his win. He commented, “When I was ten years old, I began to play my Dad’s old alto saxophone. At eleven, my parents bought me a new C.G. Conn Constellation alto. At seventeen I received my first Selmer saxophone and have played a Selmer ever since. C.G. Conn and Selmer have shaped my entire musical career for the best part of the past sixty-seven years. I am absolutely thrilled, honored and grateful to have been selected to receive this very special award from Conn-Selmer.” Dr. Hemke continues to play a Selmer saxophone.
Centerstage is the department that manages all Band and Orchestral Artist Clinicians and Endorsing Artists under the Conn-Selmer brand of instruments. With a stable of hundreds of artists in a wide array of genres, instrumentation and skills we strive to help connect industry with music education. Nominations are submitted throughout the year at the Conn-Selmer Centerstage website. To qualify the artist must be affiliated for more than 25 years with a Conn-Selmer instrument. The final winner is determined by votes of the public.
For more on Conn-Selmer, Dr. Fred Hemke and the entire family of endorsing artists and clinicians or a video of the award ceremony, visit www.conn-selmer.com.