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Malone University Faculty Artist Series presents Fisher Piano Duo on February 27

February 12, 2014 | Release # 6840

Fisher Piano DuoThe College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music. The Malone University Faculty Artist Series continues with the Fisher Piano Duo, Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton, Ohio. The program is free and open to the public. A program follows.

The Fisher Piano Duo has been delighting audiences throughout the United States with innovative and engaging programming of piano duet and duo literature since 2004. As dedicated educators and proponents of collaborative music making, the duo frequently serves as featured artists and clinicians at university, community music school, and civic events. Passionate educators and scholars, the Fishers are currently co-authoring the revised and expanded edition of Piano Duet Repertoire (Indiana University Press).

Katherine Fisher serves on the faculty of the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Her responsibilities include teaching private piano lessons as well as coordinating the Piano Preparatory Program (group lessons) for children who are beginners at the instrument.

Katherine Fisher is co-author of the Piano Safari method (www.pianosafari.com) for children. Katherine is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, having most recently served as recording secretary for the OhioMTA. She presently serves in the capacity of vice- president for membership for the Southeast District of OhioMTA.

A native of Ohio, Katherine obtained her degrees from the University of Oklahoma (Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy) and the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (bachelor of music in piano performance). Her former teachers include Jeongwon Ham, Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Karin R. Edwards, and Nancy Bachus.

Christopher Fisher is associate professor of piano at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he serves as chair of the keyboard division and coordinator of Group Piano Studies. Recognized for his teaching, Dr. Fisher was the 2010 recipient of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award and the Ohio University School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award. He teaches applied piano, group piano, and piano pedagogy.

Dr. Fisher is the author of Teaching Piano in Groups (Oxford University Press, 2010), the only comprehensive group piano pedagogy textbook/handbook of its kind. Dr. Fisher is engaged in research exploring the application of cooperative learning theory to teaching piano in group environments. He has published articles and reviews in leading keyboard journals including Keyboard Companion, American Music Teacher, Clavier, and Clavier Companion. His educational compositions Midnight Express (National Federation of Music Clubs 2011-2013 Festival Bulletin) and Fireside Reflections are published by Alfred Publishing Company.

In demand as a workshop clinician, Dr. Fisher has presented lectures nationally and internationally, including the National Conferences of the Music Teachers National Association (Washington, D.C., 2001; Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2007; Atlanta, 2009), the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum (Norman, Oklahoma, 2006; Austin, Texas, 2010), the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference (Canberra, Australia, 2008) and the American Music Therapy Association (Orlando, Florida, 2005).

As a performing artist, Dr. Fisher frequently plays both solo and collaborative recitals, including duet and duo piano performances with wife, pianist Katherine Fisher. The Fisher Piano Duo was awarded first prize in the Adult Duo Division of the Graves Piano and Organ Company/OhioMTA Piano Competition in 2007.

Dr. Fisher is an active member of Music Teachers National Association and serves as vice-president for membership for the Ohio Music Teachers Association. He is currently faculty advisor for the Ohio University MTNA Collegiate Chapter. Dr. Fisher maintains a studio of pre-college students who have been successful at state and regional piano competitions and festivals. He frequently serves as an adjudicator and master class clinician at piano festivals throughout the United States.

A native of Missouri, Dr. Fisher holds degrees from Wichita State University (Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy) and Northwest Missouri State University (Bachelor of Arts). He was awarded the doctor of musical arts in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma where he was the recipient of the prestigious Alumni Graduate Fellowship. His piano and piano pedagogy teachers include Edward Gates, Jane Magrath, Barbara Fast, Julie Bees, Sylvia Coats, Richard Bobo and Betty Preston.

Dr. Fisher resides in Albany, Ohio with his wife Katherine and their children Isaiah and Anna.


W.A. MOZART         Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 358

(1756-1791)                         Allegro


Molto presto

JOHANNES BRAHMS        Waltzes, Op. 39

(1833-1897)                         I. B Major

II. E Major

III. G-Sharp Minor

IV. E Minor

V. E Major

VI. C-Sharp Major

VII. C-Sharp Minor

VIII. B-Flat Major

IX. D Minor

X. G Major

XI. B Minor

XII. E Major

XIII. C Major

XIV. A Minor

XV. A Major

XVI. D Minor

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF                     from Six Pieces, Op. 11

(1873-1943)                           Romance


Russian Theme


SAMUEL BARBER                     from Souvenirs, Op. 28

(1910-1981)                           Pas de deux

Hesitation Tango

John T. Grape                  Jesus Paid it All

Arr. Robert D. Vandall

Southern Harmony                  What Wondrous Love Is This

Arr. Robert D. Vandall

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