Voice, Piano and Rudiments
Chris Fischer is a teacher of voice and piano with more than 20 years of studio experience. The holder of a Master of Music degree (choral music education) from Arizona State University, an Honours Bachelor of Music (vocal performance) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and diplomas from the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) and the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music (now Conservatory Canada), he is well known in the region as an expressive and versatile tenor soloist in major choral works from Bach to Bruckner.
Chris’ operatic credits include Don Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and King Caspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Solo recordings include Handel’s Messiah (2011) and Orff’s Carmina Burana (2010) with Masterworks of Oakville, Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with the Guelph Chamber Choir (2010), and two collections of the music of Canadian composer Ronald Beckett, the opera Ruth (2006), and Welcome Yule! (2001). With the Guelph Chamber Choir, of whom he has been a section leader since 2002, Chris has performed frequently as a soloist, most recently in Carmina Burana, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus. A member of the acclaimed Elora Festival Singers, he has participated in two internationally released choral recordings, as well as a 2015 tour of New York City – with a debut performance at Carnegie Hall.
Chris is also an accomplished organist, pianist and choral conductor, and has served since 2006 as Pastoral Musician at Guelph’s Knox Presbyterian Church. A past recipient of the RCCO Healey Willan Prize, he has toured England and Wales as an organ recitalist, and has also presented at conferences and workshops for church musicians, clergy and music educators throughout Ontario.