Program Book 2000-2001 page 22
Amherst Saxophone Quartet Individual Bios

SUSAN FANCHER joined the Amherst Saxophone Quartet as soprano saxophonist in 1998. 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. From 1992 to 1998, she was the soprano saxophonist of the Vienna Saxophone Quartet. 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 incl ude 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 Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1987 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she studied saxophone with Frederick Hernke. 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 were married in 1989.

She continues to develop her solo and chamber music repertoire, and has recently finished recording a CD 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 z uitar. 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 Philharmonic and the Artpark Orchestra.

Russ is also a busy composer, completing fifteen works for the ASQ, and has recently released a solo CD of his original light jazz compositions. He is also a visual artist and has had artwork displayed in area art shows.

Russ is married to April Carere, a local music teacher, and together they operate a private music instruction practice in North Tonawanda. Their three children, Russ, 18, Justin, 16, and Jill, 12, are enjoying much success in music also (when they are not playing sports and eating large quantities of cereal).

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