Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Robin Fisher

Title: Professor of Music

Office Location: Capistrano 449

Email: rfisher@saclink.csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-7990

Education : DMA, University of Texas, Austin

Courses Taught : Applied Music - Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, First Year Experience, BA Senior Seminar, History of Musical Theatre


Soprano Robin Fisher has performed to critical acclaim in such cities as Paris, Vienna, Prague, Hamburg, Chicago and Dallas. Press reviews remark on her amazingly precise coloratura, melting diminuendi, splendid high notes and delightful musicality (Opernwelt) and her mature timbre and total self-assurance. an extremely exciting singer-actress (Westdeutsche Zeitung).

Dr. Fisher joined the Sac State School of Music faculty in 2003, where she teaches numerous courses including and related to Vocal Performance. She holds the highest rank of Full Professor. Her concert schedule includes annual recitals on campus, performances as part of the School's Festival of New American Music, and frequent collaborations with other faculty and student ensembles in concert, as well as appearances off campus with leading ensembles.

In 2013, Dr. Fisher founded Lingua e Canto, a summer intensive for young singers to study the Italian language, opera performance and vocal technique. Over 100 singers from all over the country experienced music and language in Italy for the five years this program offered exceptional instruction with a team of leading teacher-artists.

Sac State voice students have been winners in major regional competitions and received scholarships to attend such prestigious graduate programs as the San Francisco Conservatory, Cincinnati College Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Bard College, UCLA and the Manhattan School of Music. Many have completed young artist programs in the United States and abroad. Her students are featured soloists in regional opera and concert, and several sing professionally under contract in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Fisher's many recital appearances in both Europe and the United States attest to her love for the art song. Most recently, she was a guest artist at Mannheim University in Germany to perform a program of American art song and present masterclasses. Her recordings include God Be in My Heart with pianist Dalton Baldwin, The Nightingale Sings with Laurel Zucker, flutist, and several Gershwin songs with pianist Richard Glazier on Pure Imagination.

Together with scholar Ruth Friedberg, Dr. Fisher published a revised edition of American Art Song & American Poetry in 2012 (published by Rowman & Littlefield) with a foreword by baritone Thomas Hampson. Together with Friedberg, Dr. Fisher also published The Selected Writings of John Duke in 2007 (Scarecrow Press) with a foreword by composer Ned Rorem. She is a frequent presenter at regional and national conferences and masterclass teacher on the topic of American art song.

A native of California, Dr. Fisher began her vocal studies at San Jose State University and went on to graduate from Smith College cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She won both the prestigious Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship and a Rotary Foundation Award to pursue studies in Europe and received the coveted Artist's Diploma cum laude from the University of Vienna. She holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin.