Winthrop University: CVPA Faculty and Staff Profile - Fisher, Christine

Name:  Christine Fisher
Title:  Director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project
Education:  M.M.E., University of South Carolina
Office:  103 McLaurin Hall   
Phone:  803/323-2455



College of Visual and Performing Arts

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Fisher grew up in Asheboro, N.C., where in sixth grade she made up her mind that she wanted to be a band teacher. She attended Pembroke State University and later earned her master's degree from the University of South Carolina. She taught chorus and drama at Dillon High School for three years before moving to Florence District One to teach general music and beginning band at several elementary schools. In 1984, she moved to Southside Middle School in Florence, S.C., as the band teacher where her bands have earned 13 Outstanding Performance Awards. She has written and received more than $75,000 in grant money for the music programs at Southside during the past 15 years.

Her community involvement includes playing clarinet with the Florence Symphony Orchestra, serving on her church's bus driving team, and playing in her church's orchestra. She has served on the board for both the Florence Symphony Orchestra and the Community Concert Association. At present she serves on the board for the S.C. Arts Alliance. 

Fisher has served on many local and state education committees, including the writing team for the State's Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks and the music standards for Florence District One. She also has worked as a guest conductor for several honors bands across the state.

She has been selected twice as a school Teacher of the Year; as a District Teacher of the Year; and lected as one of the top five teachers in the state. In 1993, she was a State Honor Roll Teacher. Five years later she served as the 1998 South Carolina Teacher of the Year, representing 47,000 public school teachers in South Carolina. She is the only music teacher ever to hold the honor in the 41-year history of the Teacher of the Year program in South Carolina. 

Fisher became director of the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project in July 2001.

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