Praised for his “vivid sound and beautiful tone”
(American Record Guide),...
...Mason City, Iowa native Mark Fisher is Assistant Principal Trombonist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and serves the Santa Fe Opera as Principal Trombone. Fisher has performed with virtually every major ensemble in Chicago and as substitute with many of the nation's leading orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Also an accomplished euphonium soloist, Fisher is past prize winner of numerous international solo competitions and his solo CD Eufish continues to meet with worldwide acclaim.
In addition to his long association with the award-winning Asbury Brass Quintet, Fisher is the founder and director of the Chicago Trombone Consort, one of the world's leading trombone ensembles. Fisher is a frequent performer with the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Head of the Trombone Department at DePaul University, Fisher has presented recitals and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan. He has served on the faculties of Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Roosevelt University, Northern Illinois University and the Banff International Festival. Mr. Fisher is an honors graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the New England Conservatory of Music.
Mark Fisher is an artist/clinician for both Courtois and Bach trombones.
My teaching philosophy reflects the core values of an active, wide-ranging and very successful 30-year professional career: hard work combined with musicality, flexibility, intelligence and fundamentally sound technique all help to create a marketable musician.
I also believe very strongly that variety is the spice of life. As a brass musician, mastering numerous aspects of the musical experience leads to a more rewarding, fruitful and challenging career. I’ve had the great fortune to enjoy work as an orchestral and chamber music performer, soloist, teacher and conductor. The ability to double with equal proficiency on alto and tenor trombone, euphonium and bass trumpet has significantly enriched my opportunities as a performer and has greatly informed my teaching. I encourage my students to pursue a similar mindset.
Most importantly, my teaching is grounded in a philosophy of honesty and generosity. Sharing what I have come to know through pedagogical and professional experience, my objective is to serve as teacher, coach, mentor and advisor. I have been privileged to benefit from the experiences of numerous musicians who generously and candidly shared their expertise and advice with me, and I strive to pass this along to my students.
Mark Fisher's students have won positions in the following orchestras (listed alphabetically):
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Boston Ballet Orchestra
Boston Lyric Opera
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Colorado Springs Symphony
Des Moines Symphony Orchestra
Green Bay Symphony
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
Kansas City Symphony
Northwest Indiana Symphony
Quad City Symphony
Skokie Valley Symphony
Spokane Symphony Orchestra
Thunder Bay Symphony
Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony
Zurich Opera Orchestra
Mark Fisher's students have held administrative or faculty teaching positions with the following institutions (listed alphabetically):
Alabama Symphony, Executive Director
Cincinnati Symphony, President
Columbus Symphony, Director of Artistic Planning
Elgin Symphony, Director of Operations
Florida Philharmonic, President
Green Bay Symphony, Executive Director
Indianapolis Symphony, Associate Director of Marketing
Marrowstone Music Festival
University of Manitoba
North Central College
St. Xavier University
Syracuse Symphony, President
Syracuse Symphony, Director of Development
University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
Mark Fisher's students have been selected to participate in the following summer festivals (listed alphabetically):
Aspen Music Festival
Bar Harbor Brass Institute
Brevard Music Festival
Marrowstone Music Festival
Music Academy of the West
National Repertory Orchestra
National Orchestral Institute
Tanglewood Music Festival
Mark Fisher's students have been winners of the following competitions and awards:
Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition
Eastern Trombone Workshop Quartet Competition
Fulbright Award for study in Berlin
Fulbright Award for study in the Netherlands
International Trombone Association Alto Trombone Competition
International Trombone Association Kleinhammer Competition
International Trombone Association Marsteller Competition
International Trombone Association Larry Wiehe Competition
International Trombone Association Yaxley Competition