Biography - Kenneth Fischer
Sphinx Board of Directors
Kenneth Fischer is the President of the University Musical Society (UMS), a 133-year-old independent multi-disciplinary performing arts presenter with a long and deep affiliation with the University of Michigan (U-M). Each season UMS presents 60-90 performances, sponsors an extensive education program, commissions and presents new work, and hosts many artists’ residencies. Since Ken joined UMS 25 years ago, UMS has expanded and diversified its programming and audiences; deepened its engagement with U-M and southeast Michigan communities; created effective partnerships with corporations, arts organizations, educational institutions, and community organizations; and received significant from leading foundations and the NEA. Ken has contributed to the presenting field as speaker, workshop leader, writer, consultant, panelist, and U.S. State Department cultural ambassador to Brazil, China, Lithuania, and Mexico. He chairs the board of National Arts Strategies and the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) and is a board member of the Sphinx Organization, International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), Arts Midwest, and Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan. He has served on the boards of and remains active with Interlochen Center for the Arts, Arts Presenters, Classical Action/Performing Arts Against AIDS, and Chamber Music America. He is also active with Major University Presenters. Ken received ISPA’s 2003 Patrick Hayes Award for his career achievements and Arts Presenters’ 2011 Fan Taylor Award for distinguished service to the presenting field. Before UMS Ken was a higher education association executive, management consultant, and independent concert presenter in Washington, DC. Ken has degrees from The College of Wooster and the University of Michigan. His wife is flutist Penelope Peterson Fischer and their son Matt is director of the App Store at Apple and lives with his wife Renee and their sons Alex and Reid in the San Francisco Bay area.