Program Book 1998-1999 page 06
Amherst Saxophone Quartet Biographies

Susan Fancher recently joinined the Amherst Saxophone Quartet as soprano saxophonist. She has performed extensively both as a soloist and chamber musician, touring in Austria, Albania, Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria, South Africa, Egypt, Germany, France, Norway, Sweden, Canada and the USA. Her musical activities have centered around the interpretation of contemporary music. During the past six years, she was the soprano saxophonist of the renowned Vienna Saxophone Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning and performing contemporary music. Ms. Fancher's arrangements of Steve Reich's New York Counterpoint, made with the kind permission and assistance of the composer, and Ben Johnston's Ponder Nothing, also by permission from the composer, are important additions to the saxophone repertoire. Her arrangement of New York Counterpoint was recorded by the Vienna Saxophone Quartet on the Lotus Records Salzburg label.

During the two years before moving to Vienna, Ms. Fancher was soprano saxophonist of the Swedish saxophone quartet Rollin' Phones, based in Stockholm. Highlights of these two years include representing Sweden at Expo '92 in Seville, Spain, the world premiere performance of a concerto composed for the Quartet and the Malmo Symphony Orchestra, and a CD recording on the Philips label. Ms. Fancher's recordings also include numerous radio recordings in Sweden and in Austria.

Ms. Fancher completed her studies in Music and Mathematics with

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