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In Memory

Kenneth Fischer - Initiated in 1970

Kenneth Fischer, 58, died Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Born in Mount Clemens, Mich., he was the son of the late George Robert Fischer and Gertrude Jago Fischer. Ken was Professor of Saxophone and Graduate Coordinator at the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University and his Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Eugene Rousseau. Ken taught at Central Missouri State University from 1975 to 1979 and joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1979.

Ken was an accomplished artist who was recognized nationally and internationally as a performer and educator of the saxophone. He was an invited soloist, chamber musician and master teacher with more than 120 performances throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Japan. He was also honored through invitations to adjudicate both national and international music competitions. He was a leading proponent of new contemporary music for the saxophone and his collaborations with composers resulted in the creation of more than 30 original works for the saxophone including two concerti. His other accomplishments included a dozen recordings and being a recipient of National Endowment for the Arts recording grants. He was twice a featured cover artist for The Saxophone Journal, a national journal in his field. Ken was dedicated to his students who have received numerous international and national awards and who teach in schools and universities across the country. He was a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Mu Alpha, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, Music Educators National Conference and Music Teachers National Association. He served as President for both the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Comite International du Saxophone.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Joan; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Michael (Rachael) Fischer of Athens; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Fischer (Anthony) DeCinque of Hoboken, N.J.; and sister and brother-in-law, Karen (Peter) Pringham of Romeo, Mich. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

Visitation with the family will be held on Sunday, December 13, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Lord & Stephens, EAST. A memorial service will be held Monday, December 14, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Athens with Dr. W. Glenn Doak officiating. Burial will follow at Oconee Hill Cemetery.

A scholarship is being established in Dr. Fischer's name. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Kenneth Fischer Scholarship Fund, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, 250 River Road, Athens, GA 30602.

Lord & Stephens, EAST, is in charge of arrangements.

Published in Athens Banner-Herald on December 11, 2009