…Lemoine’s sheer sound was so engrossing. With deep and rich tone, Lemoine spins lovely, long lines that could rival those of anaerobic string instruments. The duo’s performance again aroused a surreal sense of spaciousness, as though their live rendition somehow exceeded the humble boundaries of Harbison’s youthful score. -San Francisco Classical Voice, May 2016
Carmen Lemoine wants to live in a world where education is free to all, pantyhose don’t exist, people aren’t afraid to be honest, Unti Vineyards is her next-door neighbor, a train will shuttle her across town in 15 minutes, and all you need is love.
Until that day arrives, however, she has dedicated herself to mastering the art of the flute. Dr. Lemoine is Assistant Professor of Flute at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She holds positions with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz symphonies in California, and has appeared as guest principal flute with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand. Equally at home in small ensembles of contrasting styles, she has been a member of Ensemble Mik Nawooj, a hip-hop/classical fusion group featured in the Wall Street Journal, and is currently a member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.
She launched her latest project — the podcast Notes from the Audiophiles: Why Don’t I Like Classical Music? on July 1, 2016. Co-hosted with the brilliant Dr. Brooke McCorkle, each episode will deliver digestible morsels of music history in an accessible, conversational style. Season 2 will be available Fall 2017. Carmen also volunteers at the Wichita Family Crisis Center in Kansas.
Dr. Lemoine earned degrees in flute performance from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. and D.M.A.), where she studied with celebrated artist and teacher Bonita Boyd, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M. M.), studying with San Francisco Symphony principal flute Timothy Day. She may also have been a math major in a previous life but don’t ask her to figure out the tip at a restaurant.