Described as “brilliant” and praised for her “thoughtful phrasing, excellent technique, and gorgeous sound,” Dr. Carmen Lemoine enjoys a versatile international performing and teaching career. She is currently Second Flute with the Santa Cruz Symphony and is in demand throughout the United States for her dynamic performing and teaching.
Dr. Lemoine’s solo and orchestral experience includes positions and concerts with the FAVA Orchestra of Salzburg, Spoleto Music Festival, New World Symphony, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre, and the New York String Orchestra. She has enjoyed working with renowned conductors Julius Rudel, Peter Oundjian, Mendi Rodan, Emmanuel Villaume, Murray Sidlin and David Zinman. In 2012, Carmen was one of the top six flutists in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.
A dedicated performer of chamber and new works, Carmen is currently the flutist of the new music ensemble After Everything. She has premiered pieces by Emma Lou Diemer, Beth Weimann and Allan Schindler, and recently performed new music for flute, piano and percussion in 2012. Additionally, she has researched extensively the flute works of Holocaust composer Erwin Schulhoff. Dr. Lemoine collaborated with San Francisco Symphony bassist Scott Pingel and Ives Quartet member Jodi Levitz to present her findings in her lecture recital Strange Bedfellows: Expressionism, Folk and Dada in Schulhoff’s “Concertino,” performed for a standing-room only audience. Internationally, Carmen has toured Malaysia with the Perak Society for the Performing Arts International Ensemble, teaching and performing in Kuala Lumpur and across the country.
Dr. Lemoine is a passionate educator, as well. She has taught flute at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester, and Nazareth College. She currently teaches flute privately in her home studio and theory in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. In recognition of her efforts and success, Eastman awarded Dr. Lemoine the coveted Excellence in Teaching Award for outstanding studio instruction. Her students have gained admission to the music programs at Boston University, Ithaca College, and Queens University, among others.
Dr. Lemoine completed her bachelor’s and doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music and her master’s studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her former teachers include Bonita Boyd, Tim Day, Damian Bursill-Hall, and Anne Harrow. She also received a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.