Anna Gerrish Fisher is a highly qualified instructor of classical piano in the Portland Metro area, drawing on over 20 years of teaching experience, a double Master's Degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Utah State University. She received degrees in Piano Performance at both institutions as well as earning a second graduate degree at Eastman in Music Education.
Ms. Fisher has actively taught private and group piano classes for over 20 years to students of all ages and levels. Her teaching strengths include providing a relational and caring, yet structured environment where students learn to practice efficiently, understand their repertoire, and progress in a systematic way as their love for music flourishes. A robust curriculum is provided for each student that includes comprehensive technical study, theory, and transposing/ear training, in addition to studying the classical piano repertoire and etudes.
In addition to running a private piano studio, she has taught at the collegiate level at schools including Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, Utah State University and as a teaching assistant at the Eastman School. She has also been a guest lecturer at George Mason University, Catholic University, and has been on the piano faculty of the Sun Valley Summer Music Festival in Idaho numerous times. She frequently serves as an adjudicator for various piano festivals and competitions in the northwest, and her students have been selected to participate in masterclasses with organizations such as Portland Piano International as well as winning awards at competitions such as the Steinway & Sons Piano Competition, among others.
Ms. Fisher has taught both piano and early childhood music at many youth conservatories and community music schools across the country and is skilled at working with children of all ages. She served as the Assistant Director of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC, developing curriculum and training teachers. Her piano students have gone on to participate in music programs at a number of universities including Catholic University (DC), Belmont University (TN), Notre Dame (IN), Princeton (NJ), and Goshen College (OH), as well as performing in Carnegie Hall.
Ms. Fisher has performed across the country as a soloist and collaborative pianist. She made her debut performance with an orchestra at age 16 and has performed on numerous occasions since then in a variety of venues.
Ms. Fisher’s primary piano instructors have included Gary Amano, Douglas Humpherys, Shulamit Hoffmann and Jo Ann Gerrish (her mother). She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA) and is certified in Orff Shulwerk (Level 1). She resides in the Portland metro area with her husband and children.ing