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Ann van Bever

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Ann van Bever
Adjunct Professor of Oboe

Vivian Bull Music Center 102


Ann van Bever has been teaching and playing oboe, oboe d’amore and English horn in the Portland area since 1993. She currently plays English horn in the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, principal oboe in the Oregon East Symphony Orchestra (Pendleton, OR) and second oboe/oboe d’amore in the Bach Cantata Choir Chamber Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Meadowlark Trio (flute, oboe, cello) and the Double Reed Divas. She also played for many years in The Mousai (flute, oboe, piano) and in the Rose City Chamber Orchestra. In June 2021 she was a featured soloist with the Oregon East Symphony in Wayne Barlow’s The Winter’s Passed; she has also performed J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Violin and Oboe with the same orchestra. In 2016 she was featured as English horn soloist in Aaron Copland’s Quiet City with the Portland Columbia Symphony.

Ann van Bever holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and a law degree from Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, WI). She practiced law for 17 years before returning to music as a full-time profession in 2000. She currently teaches a private studio of no more than 10 students and enjoys freelancing throughout Oregon and Washington. From 1983-2018, she attended Music Houseparty, an annual summer chamber music retreat in Vermont, and in 1997 she started a similar program in Portland called Into the Woods. For 12 years, Ann administered the Celebration Works Concert Series at First Presbyterian Church. In Portland, she has served on the boards of Young Audiences, Chamber Music Northwest and Portland Columbia Symphony. Before moving to Portland in 1993, Ann lived in Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and California; she was an active musician and supporter of the arts in each of these communities. In addition to music, Ann loves traveling, cooking, reading and word games.