If you read the bio of a violinist in a major orchestra, you might see Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Fischbach listed as a former teacher. The National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Metropolitan Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are some elite ensembles with former Fischbach students in the string section.
Dr. Gerald Fischbach, Professor of Violin and String Pedagogy, retires.
Jerry Fischbach, Professor of Violin and String Pedagogy at the UMD School of Music, is one of the world’s most respected string pedagogues. After 33 years as professor at the UMD, he retires at the end of the Spring 2013 semester.
Jerry’s career spans three realms: pedagogy, performance and administration. As a teacher, he has distinguished himself with students of all ages, and has established an outstanding professional rapport with private studio teachers and school music educators. Many of Jerry’s private students are winners of numerous prestigious awards and competitions and hold positions in leading music schools.
Jerry is the author of method books, instructional videos and nearly 50 articles. His method books (Viva Vibrato!, Artistry in Strings), instructional videos (Art of Vibrato, Secrets of String Success) and music editions are popular worldwide. He is in great demand around the globe as workshop presenter, adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor. This year, Jerry was named Teacher of the Year by the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) for his outstanding contributions to string pedagogy.
Jerry’s performance career has taken him around the world. As violin soloist and chamber musician, he appeared to high critical acclaim throughout North America, Europe, Russia, China, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand. He has recorded for CRI and Archive.
As an administrator, Jerry served as Coordinator and Director of the renowned summer seminar International Workshops for 33 years. He was the founder of the Civic Symphony of Webster Groves and the St. Louis Youth Symphony. He has served as President of the American String Teachers Association. For the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), he has been Strings Program Chair for the national conventions, a founding member of the Pedagogy Committee, and MTNA Foundation Advisory Board member. He is on the Advisory Board of Associated Chamber Music Players, and has served as a board member for the ACMP Foundation.
As for his plans in retirement, Jerry says, "I have some publication and travel ideas, but a high priority will be to do more fishin'!"
Photo: Jerry Fischbach (right) with Joel Berman, former UMD School of Music faculty (left).