Abigail Fisher, DMA

Abby Fisher is a percussionist and educator who is focused on performing and supporting continued growth of new music, and has expertise in contemporary, classical, and African (Ewe) percussion. 

Her solo and collaborative performances have been heard nationally and internationally including: Stony Brook University's TEDx (Stony Brook, NY), Transplanted Roots Percussion Symposium (Brisbane, Australia and Guanajuato, Mexico), New Music Gathering (Baltimore and Boston), Festival Internacional de Músicas y Artes Sonoras Contemporáneas (Cuenca, Ecuador), Big Ears Festival (Knoxville,TN), Percussive Arts Society International Conventions, and One World Trade Center (NYC).

Abby is a co-founder of the duo Fisher/Lau Project with percussionist Matthew Lau, and she is regularly collaborating with composers and musicians on new works. In February 2019, she worked with percussionist Steven Schick and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Roger Reynolds for the inaugural ‘Cross-Wired’ performance/workshop at University of California, San Diego. At the 2019 Big Ears Festival, Abby performed with Grammy winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth for the concert “Triptych” by Bryce Dessner. She recently co-commissioned and recorded the multiple percussion and speaking voice work ‘Correspondence’ (2019) from composer Andrea Mazzariello.  

Abby was the Visiting Lecturer in Percussion at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville for Fall 2017, where she directed the UT Percussion Ensemble, UT Contemporary Music Ensemble, taught applied lessons, and taught percussion methods. She is the Managing Director for Nief-Norf, 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.  She currently teaches at Pellissippi State Community College, and maintains a studio of piano and percussion students at the Yamaha Music School (Knoxville, TN). 

Abby is a dedicated educator and has most recently presented recitals, lectures, and masterclasses at the Northern Illinois University New Music Festival, Tennessee Day of Percussion, University of Kentucky, and University of North Carolina Greensboro. Next season, she looks forward to masterclasses and residences at Carleton College (MN), Eastern Tennessee State University, and Western Carolina University. Abby currently serves as a member of the Percussive Arts Society New Music/ Research Committee.

Abby holds degrees from Stony Brook University (D.M.A), New York University (M.M), and Lawrence University (B.M). While completing her doctoral work, she served as a graduate teaching assistant in ethnomusicology. She has been fortunate to study with Dane Richeson, Eduardo Leandro, Beverley Johnston, Jonathan Haas, James Saporito, Simon Boyar, Nani Agbeli, Faith Conant, Joe Ludwig, Jamie Ryan, Michael Spiro, and Janet Cramer. In the summer of 2010, Abby continued her study of Ewe drumming and dancing at the Dagbe Cultural Center in Kopeyia, Ghana.