Ann van Bever, English Horn

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Ann van Bever has played English horn in the Portland Columbia Symphony since 2002. She has bachelors and masters degrees in music from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and has a law degree from Marquette University Law School (Milwaukee, WI). After practicing law for 17 years, she returned to music as a profession. She plays the oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn and has a thriving private oboe studio of 12 students. In addition to the Portland Columbia Symphony, she plays in the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony (Pendleton), the Double Reed Divas and The Mousai Ensemble. She is an active freelance player throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, and regularly plays in Vancouver, Newport, Astoria, Eugene and Salem.

Ann and her husband, Peter, are avid supporters of music in Portland. Both have served on the board of Chamber Music Northwest, Peter has served on the Portland Opera board and Ann is currently vice president of the PCSO board. Since 1983, she has attended an annual summer chamber music camp in Vermont and in 1997 started a similar chamber music camp in the Portland area called "Into the Woods". In addition to her musical life, Ann also enjoys her job at First Presbyterian Church, where she administers the Celebration Works concert series. Before moving to Portland in 1993, Ann lived in California, Texas, Florida and Wisconsin and was an active musician and supporter of the arts in each of the communities she lived in. In addition to music, she loves food, traveling, reading and word games.