It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Dr. Fredrick L. Hemke. Dr. Hemke raised the popularity of classical saxophone, particularly among leading American composers and helped raise the recognition of classical saxophone in solo, chamber, and major orchestral repertoire. Dr. Hemke loved being in Maine at Snow Pond each summer. The Fredrick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute 2019 will be held in Dr. Hemke's spirit and honor. Dr. Hemke was much loved by his family, students and friends - he will be greatly missed.