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 six 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.
Marlis Kraft grew up in Switzerland and earned her teacher’s degree at the Pädagogisches Seminar in Zurich. At Lesley College in Boston she obtained her MA Ed. She is Orff trained and taught for 20 years at Oak Lane Day School and is currently teaching music at Community Partnership School.
Kathleen began her involvement with FYI! as a volunteer and is now Program Manager.