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 degree (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 Allegri to Zelenka.
Chris’ 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). Operatic credits include Don Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, King Caspar in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, the Narrator in Beckett’s Ruth, and Richard Dauntless in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore. A member of the acclaimed Elora Singers, he has participated in four internationally released choral recordings, as well as a 2015 tour of New York City – with a debut performance at Carnegie Hall – and a tour of Canada’s Maritime Provinces in 2017.
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 presented at conferences and workshops for church musicians, clergy and music educators in Ontario and Alberta.