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. An ardent proponent of modern music, she has enjoyed working with several contemporary composers including Lowell Liebermann and Christopher Marshall as well as commissioning works from award-winning composers Marc Chan, Joseph Dangerfield and Edie Hill. She premiered one of these new works at the 12th Annual International Saxophone Conference in Mexico City, where her playing and teaching was described as “… a delight for the ears and the soul.”
Recent engagements include an invitation to perform at the national College Music Society conference in Santa Fe, NM; a program of French music with cellist Charles Asch; an upper Midwest tour of Winterreise with baritone Stephen Swanson; and a European tour of American music with saxophonist Preston Duncan. Past performances occurred at venues in twelve countries and over twenty states, including two appearances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Upcoming performances will feature the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Bartók in Indiana, the D minor Concerto of Bach with the UMM Chamber Orchestra, and a solo program showcasing works of Brahms as well as commissions inspired by Brahms. Additionally, Ann is expanding her musical horizons and studying jazz piano with Laura Caviani. 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. Ann is delighted to return to Source for the fourth year.