Merilee Klemp

Job Title


Private Lesson Instructor in Oboe

Started at Bethel



  • Augsburg University - B.A., 1975
  • University of Minnesota - M.A., 1986
  • Eastman School of Music - D.M.A., 2003


Merilee Klemp is a well-known recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Her notable ac­complishments in­clude an im­pressive list of featured record­ings including an impressive list of featured recordings in­cluding The Lyrical Pick­pocket: Chamber Music of Eric Stokes (Innova 962), Falls Flyer: Music for Oboe and Gui­tar (Schubert Club), Carols and Lullabies (RCA), The Three Her­mits (D’Note) and A Chamber Fantasy (Innova 539) by Stephen Paulus, Singing Wilderness: Music of Cary John Franklin (Singing Wilderness), Fritz Berg­mann’s Minnesota Landscapes (Innova), as well as CD’s by Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mariah Carey, and on the se­ries of Lifescapes recordings distributed throughout the country. Her performances have been broadcast on Public Radio International, National Public Radio, and Minne­sota Public Radio (including appearances with the Dale Warland Singers on Prai­rie Home Companion). She has received a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship and has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Centrum Festival in Se­attle, the Bach Aria Institute and Festival, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. Along with her avid interest in Baroque music, she is a strong ad­vocate of contemporary literature premier­ing dozens of works and commissioning composi­tions from Libby Larsen, Fritz Bergmann, Randall Davidson, Dan Kallman, and David Evan Thomas. In 1996 she gave the Midwest premiere of Joan Tower’s Island Prelude. Following grad­uation from Augsburg College, she received her M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Dr. Susan McClary. Ms. Klemp has written a perfor­mance edition with critical commentary of Giuseppe Sammartini’s Six Solos for a German Flute, Violin, or Hautboy with a Thorough Bass, Op. XIII. Ms. Klemp’s principal mentor is Richard Killmer of the Eastman School of Music where she is completed her D.M.A. Ms. Klemp is a Professor at Augsburg Univer­sity and teaches oboe as an adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Carleton College.