M.M. University of Illinois
B.M. Oklahoma City University
Lori Fisher is known in the Greater Austin Area for her expertise and abilities in building and rebuilding voices from all backgrounds and skill levels. Her students learn to use their voices to the fullest capacity and improve their performance and music reading skills throughout the year. She has studied extensively in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy in the Classical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre styles.
Ms. Fisher received a Master of Music from the University of Illinois and Bachelor of Music from Oklahoma City University. After her studies, Ms. Fisher lived and worked as a choral and classical musician in Manhattan and the East Coast.
In March 2019, Ms. Fisher collaborated with First Presbyterian Church and Well Spring Methodist Church of Georgetown under the direction of Philip Smith as Soprano Soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah. Previous collaborations also include Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Coronation Mass.
Ms. Fisher recently collaborated with Conspirare and Austin Symphony under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson and Peter Bay in the Brahms Requiem at the Long Center in February 2019. In January, she was featured as soprano soloist in an acapella choir performance. Ms. Fisher was honored to record vocals with Graham Reynolds in his premier composition, Exit Wounds, in collaboration with Ballet Austin this past Spring.
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MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
I've always had a passion for music. I started singing as a young child, but was always unsure of myself due to a lack of knowledge and training. Unfortunately, passion doesn't immediately translate into successful performances or confidence. Music and performing does not always come naturally. You have to put in time and dedication to master your craft. I started studying with a voice teacher every week and improving my sight-reading skills with hopes of getting better and within a few months of committed practicing, there were noticeable improvements. With vocal technique came musical achievements, and in turn, more self-confidence. After three years of consistent voice lessons while practicing and advancing each year into the mixed choir, I made first chair in the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir in our Central Texas Area. I was accepted into the Oklahoma City University Music Program (with my choice of Musical Theater or Opera Performance degrees). After graduating, I was accepted into University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received a full tuition Graduate Assistantship.
Since becoming a teaching artist and musician through hard work and dedication, I feel strongly that my students can gain the same valuable benefits in return no matter their musical goals. With hard work, small improvements over time will lead not just to impressive sounds, but confidence, and a healthier and more productive mind.
The human voice works similarly for everyone, but no two voices or students are the same. My exercises are tailor-made for each student, teaching the basic concepts of vocal technique within an individualized approach for maximum results. I believe in improving technique, not teaching toward a specific sound. If you have a passion for singing, and are willing to put in the time, I guarantee you will see results.