Stephanie Fisher received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University in 2003, and her Master’s Degree in Music Education from Old Dominion University in 2006. While at Old Dominion, Stephanie was a Graduate Assistant for the Monarch Pep Band, and she studied flute with Debra Wendells Cross and Patti Watters.
She has performed with the Tidewater Winds and currently performs with the Virginia Wind Symphony. As a member of the flute section of the Virginia Wind Symphony, she has performed at the American Bandmasters Association Convention and the Midwest Clinic. She is also a member of the National Band Association and NAFME.
Stephanie has been teaching for eleven years. Currently, she is in her ninth year as Director of Bands at Greenbrier Middle School in Chesapeake, Virginia. Additionally, she is a marching band consultant, an active church musician, and the Manager and the Woodwind Instructor for the Bay Youth Wind Ensemble. Stephanie also teaches privately and is a freelance musician in the Hampton Roads area.
Q: How long have you performed with the VWS?
Stephanie: Since 2003
Q: What do you enjoy about it the most?
Stephanie: It is a break in my normal routine. I get to be a student again! I enjoy learning from Dennis and the people he brings in as guest conductors. It’s like a free master class a couple of times a year. The VWS gives me extra incentive to keep playing and practicing. It also makes me a better teacher because it reminds me what it is like to be the student. As a teacher, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of that feeling. I use my experiences in the VWS to better relate to my students.
Q: Tell us about "Rugged Maniac," or is that just a description of what it takes to be a successful middle school band director?
Stephanie: Haha, there is not much difference in the Rugged Maniac and being a teacher/MS Band Director. Jumping over fire, climbing walls, crawling through trenches…pretty well describes both! It’s a fun race that I enjoy participating in. I like the grit and determination it takes to participate in these types of races. I also enjoy the camaraderie and teamwork that comes along with it. It's similar to VWS rehearsals in that respect. I enjoy being part of a team whose members are committed to giving their all.
Q: OK, so between a big job, time to work out and running maniacal races, performing with VWS and others, what do you do in your spare time?
Stephanie: I am active in my church. I also love spending time with my dog, Ditka. Little dog, big attitude.
I hope there's a CD of flute solos under this tree for me!