Steven Fisher, the visionary behind FYI!, is co-founder of the Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY). He is a conductor, composer, and music educator who has spent his career opening up musical doors for underserved young people. He holds degrees from Shippensburg University and Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Steve studied conducting with Alan Harler, composition with Richard Brodhead, arranging with Alice Parker, and piano with Alexander Fiorello. In 1998, Temple University awarded him the prestigious Presser Foundation Award, which recognizes “a graduate student who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution in the music world.”
Steve is a published composer of choral music. His musical poem, Even, is a setting of poet-laureate Billy Collins’ beloved poem “The Lanyard,” and is published by Hal Leonard Publishing as part of the esteemed Henry Leck “Creating Artistry” series. His South African arrangements are published by Colla Voce.
As Commonwealth Youthchoirs’ Director of Programs, Martha Platt oversees all four CY programs, including Find Your Instrument! A long time classroom educator, summer camp director and a mother of three who all benefited from CY programs, Martha is deeply committed to giving underserved children access to the arts.
Danielle Molan, FYI! Conductor and Teaching Artist
Danielle Molan is a graduate of Westminster Choir College with a master’s degree in sacred music, choral conducting concentration. During her time at Westminster she was Director of the Newtown Presbyterian Children’s Choir and Assistant Director of Westminster Neighborhood Children’s Choir. She studied conducting with Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. James Jordan, and Dr. Steve Pilkington. Prior to her time at WCC, Miss Molan taught elementary general music at Beaver Creek Elementary School in Downingtown School District. It was here that she directed and choreographed the Fifth Grade Musical each spring. She also directed Beaver Creek’s Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus, as well as creating and directing a select auditioned ensemble for fourth and fifth graders. During her time in Downingtown she acquired her Kodaly and Orff certifications from West Chester University, and directed numerous musical theater summer camps in Chester County for students of all ages.
Kathleen began her involvement with FYI! as a volunteer and is now Program Manager.