Ann van Bever, Immediate Past-President

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Ann van Bever has served on the board of the Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra since 2010. She and her husband Peter are avid supporters of the arts in Portland. Both have served on the board of Chamber Music Northwest and Ann is the immediate past president of the board of the Portland Columbia Symphony. She has played English horn in the orchestra since 2002. She has 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. She also plays principal oboe in the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton, and is a founding member of the Portland Bach Cantata Choir orchestra, where she plays oboe and oboe d'amore in addition to English horn. She is a founding member of The Mousai, a chamber music ensemble that includes flute, oboe, clarinet and piano. She has a thriving studio of 12 students and enjoys freelancing throughout Oregon and Washington. Since 1983, she has attended 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. Before moving to Portland in 1993, Ann lived in Texas, Wisconsin, Florida and California; she was active musician and supporter of the arts in each of these communities. In addition to music, Ann loves traveling, cooking, reading and word games.