Mason City, Iowa native Mark Fisher is Assistant Principal Trombonist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago and is just recently retired from the Santa Fe Opera, where he served as Principal Trombonist for 31 seasons. He 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.
Fisher has performed as soloist and conductor at several international trombone conferences, and has given world premiere performances of solo trombone works by composers Rob Deemer, Phil Snedecor and John Stevens. He has served on the board of advisors for the International Trombone Association. Also an accomplished euphonium soloist, Fisher has been the top prize winner of both the ITEC (formerly T.U.B.A.) Senior Euphonium Division Solo Competition and the WAMSO Young Artists Competition. His WAMSO prize included a solo performance with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman. His solo euphonium 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 has been a regular performer with the Chicago Chamber Musicians, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Music of the Baroque. He performs annually on trombone and euphonium with the Chicago Symphony Brass Section during their December concerts.
Head of the Trombone Department at DePaul University, Fisher has presented recitals and masterclasses throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada and Japan. Mark’s students include members of many symphony orchestras throughout North America, numerous international competition winners, Fulbright Scholars, college and public school music teachers, and arts administrators. He has served on the trombone faculties of Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Northern Illinois University and the Banff International Festival, as well as visiting professor of euphonium at the University of Michigan. Mr. Fisher is an honors graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the New England Conservatory of Music.
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