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Katherine Kemler

Charles and Mary Barre Alumni Professor

202 School of Music Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2504



Katherine Kemler is the Charles and Mary Barré Alumni Professor of Flute at Louisiana State University, and flutist with the Timm Wind Quintet. She has been a regular visiting teacher at the Oxford Flute Summer School in England and the Académie Musicale Internationale de Colombes in France. She has been invited to perform and teach at the International Flute Seminar Bruges, Belgium.

A graduate of Oberlin, she received her M. Mus. and D.M.A. degrees from S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook. Her major teachers include Samuel Baron, Robert Willoughby, and Mark Thomas. She has also studied in masterclasses with Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, William Bennett, Andras Adorjan, and Michel Debost.

Dr. Kemler has taught masterclasses and performed solo recitals at Ecuadorian Flute Festivals in Quito and Guayaquil, Guatemala, Cape Town, South Africa, Panama, Dominican Republic, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Adelaide Conservatorium in Australia, the University of Western Australia and the Perth Music Academy. She performed with an LSU colleague at the IDRS Conference in Grenada, Spain in 2018. She has also taught and performed at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China, the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, the Beijing Concert Hall and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She has performed at seventeen National Flute Association conventions in Denver, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Boston, Orlando, Chicago, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, New York City, Charlotte, Minneapolis, and Salt Lake City as well as at the British Flute Society National Convention in 2014. She has been featured on the covers of American Piper Magazine, Flute Talk Magazine, and also Flutist Quarterly, the official magazine of the NFA.

Dr. Kemler has appeared as soloist with the British Chamber Orchestra in London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and with the Orchestra Medicea Laurenziana throughout Italy, including Florence, Naples, and Salerno. She has toured extensively as a soloist, with the Kemler/Benjamin flute/harp duo, and with the Timm Wind Quintet. She has appeared in China, England, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, France, Ecuador, Guatemala, Australia, Slovenia, Puerto Rico, Panama, Dominican Republic, Spain, South Africa, and throughout the United States, and made solo broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and National Public Radio. She has recorded four CDs with Centaur Records, Inc., Virtuoso American Flute Works, Sky Loom, for flute and harp, Sonatina with LSU pianist Michael Gurt, and Lipstick, a CD of contemporary works. She has also recorded on the Orion and Opus One Labels.