Instrument/Department: Director of Philharmonia and Sinfonia
Joined Hochstein Faculty in: 2002
John Fetter has extensive experience as a violin instructor, chamber music coach, chamber orchestra director, orchestra conductor, guest speaker, and clinician.
In addition to his work at Hochstein, Fetter is Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music and Collegiate Instructor in Violin for the Eastman Community Music School. Actively engaged with music teaching in the urban community, he is the coordinator of the Urban Strings partnership between Eastman and the Rochester City School District, and he received the University of Rochester’s Presidential Diversity Award in 2012 for his work at School 17.
As a conductor, Fetter has worked with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. He also has appeared with the latter as a violinist, and coordinates the festival’s Words on Music series. While occasionally found sitting in with blues and folk musicians, he also enjoys performing in chamber music settings. He has performed on the Hochstein Faculty Artist Series and is a past member of orchestras in Colorado, Wyoming, and Iowa.
Fetter earned his Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Music degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Northern Iowa. Beginning his education career as a Suzuki violin teacher, he was a faculty member of the University of Northern Iowa Suzuki School. He has also taught privately and worked as a public school orchestra director in Greeley, Colorado.