Program Book 2002-2003 page 20
AMHERST SAXOPHONE QUARTET BIOGRAPHIES

SUSAN FANCHER, soprano saxophonist of the ASQ since 1998, is a champion of new repertoire for the saxophone. Over a dozen works have been dedicated specifically to her, and as soprano saxophonist of the Vienna Saxophone Quartet during 1992-1998 and since then the Amherst Saxophone Quartet she has commissioned and premiered over sixty new compositions for saxophone quartet, including works by Reginald Bain, Keith Carpenter, Fnedrich Cerha, Mark Engebretson, CP First, Tayloe Harding, Lukas Ligeti, Terry Riley, David Sampson, Erich Urbanner, Alexancfer Wagendristet ana Wolfram Wagner, Susan has appeared in hundreds of concerts internationally as a soloist and as the member of chamber music ensembles, with performances at the Chautauqua Institution, in Filharmonia Hall in Warsaw, ISCM festivals in Albania and Bulgaria, the Gaida Festival in Lithuania, Horgange and Wien Modern Festivals in Vienna, and on CBS Sunday Morning, Tours have taken her to Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and the US. She has recorded for Philips, New World Records, Lotus Records Salzburg, Extraplatte and Innova. The most recent additions to her discography are a solo CD entitled Ponder Nothing on the Innova label, which features her composer-approved arrangements of music by Steve Reich and Ben Johnston, and a recording as soprano saxophonist with the ASQ on New World Records of Forever Escher by Paul Chihara. Susan Fancher holds the Doctor of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University and the Medaille d'Or from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, France. Her principal saxophone teachers were Frederick Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix, Joe Daley, and Michael Grammatico. Susan and her husband, saxophonist and composer Mark Engebretson, are the proud owners (ana make a hobby of renovating!) one of Buffalo's many beautiful Victorian castles.

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, fTute and gt!itar. 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 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 music teacher in the North Tonawanda School District. Their three children, Russ, 20, Justin, 18, and Jilt 14, are enjoying much success in music also (when they are not playing sports and eating large quantities of cereal).

Amherst Saxophone Quartet Program Book 2002-03 Individual Biographies