Charles Raymond Fisher

April 26, 1929May 22, 2014

Emeritus Professor Charles R. Fisher passed away peacefully on May 22, 2014. Dr. Fisher was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma in 1929. He served in the United States Army from 1951-53 and was a three-time graduate of the University of Michigan, completing his Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance in 1959. He spent most of his professional career at the University of Michigan, appointed as an instructor in 1953 and full Professor in 1969. He served as Director of Keyboard Studies and as chair of the Piano Department for eleven years. He enjoyed spending the summers at Interlochen where he was the Director of the Piano Division of the All-State Program. For sixteen years, he and his colleague Eugene Bossart toured the south and Midwest as the Bossart-Fisher Piano Duo. Professor Fisher’s eclectic interests led him to the harpsichord as a performer in the faculty Baroque Trio for several years. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Jane Fisher in 2009. He is survived by his three children, Charles (Jenny) Fisher Jr. of State College PA, Andrew Fisher (Jeffry Weisman) of San Francisco CA and Susan Fisher (Carla Scruggs) of Ann Arbor MI, and one granddaughter, Lisann (Justin) Koplin, and great-granddaughter Lilia Koplin. He and his wife enjoyed traveling the world with their close friends Cozy Grabb, Marilyn and Jack van der Velde, and Whit and Svea Gray. In accordance with Dr. Fisher’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. However, a celebration of his life will be held in early Fall, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance for the Charles Fisher Scholarship in Piano. Checks made out to The University of Michigan can be mailed to Office of Development, 2005 Bates Drive, Ann Arbor MI 48109.


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Bob Chambers

April 14, 2015

One of the kindest, most naturally-gifted teachers I was ever fortunate enough to have studied under.

January 14, 2015

Charles Fisher is one o the bright memories I have of my MM and Phd studies at Michigan. I remember especially his gentle, kinds reaction with students, including me, and his immaculate approaching to teaching.

Dan Heffernan

June 25, 2014

Dr. Fisher was admired and loved by many of his students. Perhaps it was because he was like a father to us, but not the disciplinarian - rather, the understanding, inspiring, and fun type. So sorry to hear of his passing. Rest in peace, Dr. Fisher.

Mark Hastings

June 4, 2014

Every time I touch hand to key I think of the things Dr. Fisher said:
"you are molding sound" for phrasing: ""
He told me to listen to more singers. So I became an opera coach.
His memory lives on.

Tim Mount

May 29, 2014

What a teacher! What a mensch!

Scott Holden

May 29, 2014

Thank you Dr. Fisher. I am heart broken to read of your passing. You made music making so fun - and as a very naive freshmen - I had so much to learn. You made me really listen. I was never sure what I would hear you say. As an Interlochen student in high school - your visits to Interlochen were always the highlights of my summers. Thank you for inspiring me. In my own teaching - I have quoted you many times.

Jessica Johnson

May 28, 2014

I had the privilege of studying with Dr. Fisher for my MM (1988-90). I am so grateful for all that he taught me about how to listen between the notes and actually hear the sounds that I make at the piano. So much of what I teach and value as a musician was inspired by him. I'll never forget him.

Jessica Johnson (Prof. of piano and pedagogy, UW- Madison, WI)

Glenn Watkins

May 27, 2014

I knew Charles from his student days in the late 1940s, and then for 50 more years when I returned to Ann Arbor in 1963. He had the easiest and best laugh of any person I ever knew. Such good times with him and Mary Jane--times that I will cherish forever.

Derek Parsons

May 27, 2014

Dr. Fisher was a great mentor and friend. His legacy lives on - I hear him in my teaching every day. I owe him a great debt of gratitude for helping to shape my own career. He will be missed...

Derek Parsons, Class of '89

May 26, 2014

Thank you, beloved Dr. Fisher, for your immeasurable support and guidance in my life, both musical and personal. James Demster, Mexico City