Deborah Fischer Teason

Deborah Fischer Teason
Age Groups
  • Ensemble
  • World Music
  • Steel Pans

Deborah Fischer-Teason holds a B.M. in theory/composition. She did her steel pan studies with Gage Averill, Ray Holman and Tom Miller as well as field work in Trinidad and Tobago in 2004, 2005 and 2007. Ms. Teason is the founding director and current liturgical director for St. Luke's Steel Band and also teaches pan at The Foote School and Choate-Rosemary Hall. Selected compositions for steel pans include "Trinity," a concerto for steel band and orchestra commissioned by the Waterbury Symphony, "Cadences," a tenor pan and string quartet premiered by Liam Teague and the Vermeer Quartet, and “Essakane” for three steel pans, piano, double bass and percussion.

I teach at NMS because the administration has been incredibly supportive of developing its steel pan program since it began in 1998.  I love have the chance to work with students of all ages and to teach both individual lessons and ensembles.  The Sherry and Alivia Craft Teen Steel Band, a fully subsidized non-tuition class brings together teens from all over the Greater New Haven region to learn, play and perform together.  Members of the steel band classes become strong communities whose members really care for each other.
Right now we’re raising six baby chicks and looking forward to fresh eggs!  I’ve also taken up woodworking, and my favorite tools are the table saw and the router.

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