Welcome to SusanFancher.com


Susan Fancher is known for her deep and poetic musical interpretations. Critics have called her “one of the reigning wonders of the saxophone” and praised her “sweet expressive tone.”  A much sought after performer of new music, she has inspired and premiered nearly 100 new works for saxophone.

Most recently, she has championed a new repertoire of concertos for soprano saxophone.  The 2013-2014 season included the premiere of a concerto, based on Celtic themes, composed for her by David Kirkland Garner, with the Duke Wind Symphony under the direction of Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. In April 2012, she premiered Mark Engebretson’s Concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra in Sala São Paulo under the baton of Ligia Amadio. Her May 2013 CD release “Of Erthe and Air: Susan Fancher and friends play music of Hilary Tann” (Arizona University Records CD 5014) features a live performance from 2009 of Tann’s soprano saxophone concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Two additional CD releases came out in the 2013-14 season: “Mosaic” (with Robert Meunier, James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble, Mark Records 50781-MCD) and “Tikvah” (Burton Beerman’s multimedia oratorio for saxophone quartet, voice, dance and video on Albany Records, TROY 1448).

Other recent concerto appearances include several performances of Michael Torke's Concerto for soprano saxophone in its new version with wind ensemble, commissioned by Susan Fancher and a consortium of wind ensembles, as well several performances of Mark Engebretson's Duo Concertante with saxophonist James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Meunier.

Susan Fancher  plays exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures.  She teaches saxophone at Duke University and the New England Music Camp.


photo by Stacey Haines