Member Spotlight Kelly Fischer

Kelly Fischer loves a challenge.   She joined the East Metro Symphony Orchestra a year ago, and the orchestra has been a great opportunity for her to challenge herself.  “I was told about EMSO by a co-worker whose husband plays violin in the orchestra.  I hadn’t played violin since college, but I was excited to improve my playing as an individual and as part of an ensemble.  I’ve played violin since I was in third grade.  I’ve always loved the versatility of string instruments. I’m mesmerized by the number of different types of sounds you can get out of a violin.”

Since joining EMSO, Kelly has taken on various challenges and opportunities to perform with the orchestra, including participating in small ensembles and taking on the role of principal second violin.  “The chance to be principal for the French Passions (2019) concert came at a great time for me, as I was just starting to get comfortable in EMSO and was ready for a new challenge. I was a bit intimidated at first, but I ended up really enjoying the experience.  I remember when I mentioned to [EMSO music director and conductor] Craig Hara that I was a little nervous about leading the section, he said, ‘Yes, but remember that you have the privilege of doing so.’ That reminder helped me have more fun in the role and allowed me to view being a principal as an exercise in embracing confidence and growth.  I feel in that role I grew as a performer and leader.”

For Kelly, EMSO has stuck the perfect chord.  “I feel that EMSO is special because it is relatively low commitment and flexible, while still producing a high-quality sound. When I first moved back to the Twin Cities, I struggled to find an orchestra with that kind of balance. The community is wonderful! I’ve met so many kind, thoughtful people from many different walks of life. I hope to stick around for a while!”