B i o g r a p h y
Jeanne Fischer performs in a variety of classical genres, ranging from baroque to modern. A native of North Carolina, she received a British Marshall Scholarship for graduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There she was awarded the DipRAM, the Academy’s highest honor, given for an exceptional final recital. Her performances include appearances with The Bach Sinfonia, The Publick Musick, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Ensemble Courant, and the Magnolia Baroque Festival. In Britain, she performed at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the Dartington International Festival, and London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields as part of their Outstanding Young Artists’ Series.
She is the winner of competitions including the Voce Young Soloists’ Competition, the Royal Academy’s Ethel Bilsland Singing Prize, and the University of Maryland’s Pomeroy Scholarship for achievement in 18th-century music. She is currently Area Head of Voice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches studio voice, lyric diction, performance practice, and vocal pedagogy. She also serves on the faculty steering committee of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.
Jeanne's research interests include early music, women in music, and music by Jewish composers. She received a grant from the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies for her work on Yiddish art song in Russia and the United States. She is a specialist in 17th- and 18th-century repertoire, including baroque gesture and dance, and has served on the faculties of the Magnolia Baroque Festival and Oberlin's Baroque Performance Institute. She completed her Doctorate of Music Arts degree at the University of Maryland under the tutelage of Linda Mabbs, and also holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.