First International Clare Fischer Symposium



1. International Clare Fischer Symposium

May 1 – 2, 2010 at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria 

The 1. International Clare Fischer Symposium is a joint initiative of the institutes for jazz and jazz research at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz and focuses on the study, appreciation and support of Clare Fischer’s music. The event will take place in the ‘Florentinersaal’, a beautiful hall at the ‘Palais Meran’, the old main campus near the city centre.

Presenters include Prof. Bill Dobbins (Eastman School of Music), Dr. Barbara Bleij (Conservatory of Amsterdam), saxophonist Gary Foster and Brent Fischer (director of the Clare Fischer Big Band). Subsequent to the presentations on Saturday, May 1, Prof. Bill Dobbins will perform a one-hour solo piano recital featuring the music of Clare Fischer. Workshops and further performances of Clare Fischer’s music will take place during the week following the symposium. The full program will be announced by February 28 at the latest.

The symposium committee invites passive and active participation in the symposium. If you consider combining your participation with a holiday trip to Graz, please visit for more information.

Please submit individual paper proposals on any topic related to the music of Clare Fischer (of 30’ – 50’ duration plus 10’ discussion) in English or German to the Chair of the Conference Committee Michael Kahr ( until February 10, 2010. Lecture recitals are particularly welcome. Please limit the proposals to 250 words and attach a short biography.


On behalf of the symposium committee,


Michael Kahr