Master Chorale of Flagstaff
Brahms & Dilworth: Remembrance & Justice
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 4:00 PM
Northern Arizona University's Ardrey Auditorium, 1115 Knoles Dr, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Master Chorale of Flagstaff performs with NAU’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Steve Meyer, to present two moving works for winds and choir: Johannes Brahms Begräbnisgesang and the Arizona premiere of Rollo Dilworth’s Weather, with poetry written by Claudia Rankine in 2020.
$15 adults, $10 NAU faculty/staff, free to students and anyone under age 17
Vox Astra, NAU’s Soprano and Alto Choir
Courtney Evans, conductor
Vox Montes, NAU’s Tenor and Bass Choir
Bret Peppo, conductor
Abby Fisher, percussionist
Dr. Stephen Meyer is currently the director of bands and assistant professor of music at Northern Arizona University. He previously served as interim director of bands at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and interim assistant director of bands at the University of South Carolina. As director of bands at Clear Creek High School, the Clear Creek Wind Ensemble was a featured performer at the 2013 Midwest Clinic, was a three-time National Winner in the National Wind Band Honors project, a two-time national finalist for American Prize in Wind Ensemble Performance, and the Grand Champion of the 2013 Dallas Wind Symphony Invitational.
Prior to Clear Creek, Dr. Meyer taught at Harrison High School in Cobb County, Georgia, where he assisted with performances at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the Georgia Music Educators Association, and the University of Georgia. As co-director of the marching band, the ensemble was a consistent Bands of America Regional and Super-Regional Finalist, a Bands of America Grand National Finalist in 2007, and a featured ensemble in the 2009 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Dr. Meyer graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a bachelor of music education degree and earned both a master's and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. He is the author of Rehearsing the High School Band, Rehearsing the Middle School Band, and Rehearsing the Marching Band, published by Meredith Music/GIA Publications.
Abby Fisher is a percussionist and educator, focused on performing and supporting continued growth of new music, with expertise in contemporary and classical percussion.
National and international performances include: Stony Brook University's TEDx, Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium, New Music Gathering, Big Ears Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and One World Trade Center. Abby is a co-founder of the percussion duo Fisher/Lau Project with Matthew Lau, and she is regularly collaborating with composers and musicians on new works.
Abby is a dedicated educator and is the Assistant Professor of Percussion and Director of Percussion Studies at Northern Arizona University. She previously taught at University of Tennessee Knoxville and Pellissippi State Community College. Abby currently serves on the Percussive Arts Society: New Music/ Research Committee. She has served as the Managing Director for Nief-Norf for the past seven years, and works with the NN team to produce the annual Nief-Norf Summer Festival, where more than fifty international participants experience an engaging environment of collaboration, experimentation, and support.
Abby is supported by Marimba One, Black Swamp Percussion, and Vic Firth.
Please visit her website: www.abbyfisherpercussi