Praised for the “…grace and sensitivity” of her playing as well as her enthusiastic teaching, pianist Ann DuHamel serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris, as well as President-Elect of the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. An ardent proponent of modern music, she enjoys working with and commissioning contemporary composers, and this past season she premiered works of Marc Chan, Luke Dahn, Joseph Dangerfield, Jake Endres, and Edie Hill. In the spring of 2018 she performed across the state for the premiere of Linda Kachelmeier’s song cycle featuring the poetry of Athena Kildegaard, funded by the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Ann’s playing and teaching has been described as “… a delight for the ears and the soul.” A versatile artist, her recent engagements include the Bach D minor keyboard concerto; other award-winning concerto repertoire ranges from Mozart to Schnittke. She has collaborated with several musicians, including Maria Jette, soprano; Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano; Stephen Swanson, baritone; Preston Duncan, saxophone; and Martha Councell, flute. Past performances include venues in twelve countries and over twenty states, including two appearances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Ann earned a DMA from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was Assistant Director to Paul Wirth at the Central MN Music School. She is delighted to be returning to Source Song Festival for the fifth year.