Duke University - Saxophone Lecturer
New England Music Camp - saxophone instructor
Red Clay Saxophone Quartet
Fancher Zandmane Duo (saxophone and piano)
Artist's BiographySusan Fancher is known for her deep and poetic musical interpretations. Critics have called her â€œone of the reigning wonders of the saxophoneâ€ and praise her â€œsweet expressive tone.â€ A much sought after performer of new music, she has inspired and premiered dozens of new works for saxophone. Most recently, she has championed a new repertoire of concertos for soprano saxophone. Her May 2013 CD release â€œOf Erthe and Air: Susan Fancher and friends play music of Hilary Tannâ€ (Arizona University Records CD 5014) features a live performance of Tannâ€™s soprano saxophone concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2013-2014 season includes the premiere of a new soprano saxophone concerto based on Celtic themes by David Kirkland Garner.
Her recent concert seasons have championed these new concertos, with the premiere of Mark Engebretsonâ€™s Concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra in Sala SÃ£o Paulo under the baton of Ligia Amadio, and performances of Michael Torke\'s Concerto for soprano saxophone in its new version with wind ensemble. Additional concerto appearances include performances of the wind ensemble version by Frederick Hemke of Mark Engebretson\'s Duo Concertante together with saxophonist James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Meunier.
Susan Fancherâ€™s career has featured hundreds of concerts internationally as a soloist and as the member of chamber music ensembles, including the Red Clay, Amherst, Vienna and Rollinâ€™ Phones saxophone quartets. She has appeared in many of the worldâ€™s leading concert venues, performing in Carnegie Hallâ€™s Weill Recital Hall, the Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution, Londonâ€™s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Viennaâ€™s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Filharmonia Hall in Warsaw, Orchestra Hall in MalmÃ¶, Sweden, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at ISCM festivals in Albania and Bulgaria, the Gaida Festival in Lithuania, June in Buffalo, California State University at Sacramentoâ€™s Festival of New American Music, the University of Richmondâ€™s Third Practice Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Society of Composers, Inc. concerts, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS Festival, Southern Exposure new music series at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, HÃ¶rgÃ¤nge and Wien Modern Festivals in Vienna, and on CBS Sunday Morning. Tours have taken her around the world to Albania, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and throughout the US.
Susan Fancherâ€™s discography lists over twenty CDs on Arizona University Records, Philips, New World, Lotus Records Salzburg, Parma, Extraplatte and Innova Records. Susan Fancher is a regularly featured columnist for the Saxophone Journal. She is a clinician for the Selmer and Vandoren companies, and is on the faculty of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and the New England Summer Music Camp in Sidney, Maine.