Program Book 1998-1999 page 07
Amherst Saxophone Quartet Biographies, cont.

Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1987 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied saxophone with Frederick Hemke. She received the First Prize (Medaille d'Or) in saxophone in 1988 from the Bordeaux Conservatory, where she studied with Jean-Marie Londeix. During this year of study in Bordeaux, she met saxophonist and composer Mark Engebretson. They will celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary this year.

For the past three years, Ms. Fancher, a native of Albion, New York, has lived in Chicago, Illinois, pursuing a DM in saxophone performance at Northwestern University. She has also continued to develop her solo and chamber music repertoire, and is currently working on a CD recording featuring music written for her.

Russ Carere, alto, a permanent member of the Amherst Saxophone Quartet since 1990, has been associated with the Quartet since 1982. He studied saxophone with John Sedola, clarinet with James East at SUNY at Fredonia, and flute with Robert Mols.

Russ, the youngest of five, comes from a family of accomplished musicians and music teachers. He began playing saxophone in the third grade and soon afterwards added the clarinet, flute and guitar. By junior high school he was performing in Jazz Rock bands. Soon after high school he began performing in professional theatre and musicals. While attending SUNY at Fredonia he toured Poland with the Fredonia State Jazz ensemble. He has performed and toured with a long list of entertainers including Burt Bacharach, The Spinners, Temptations, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole and Kenny Rodgers, and with the Buffalo Philhar-


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