Frances Conover Fitch

Harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia, and performs with major early music ensembles. Upon finishing studies with Gustav Leonhardt and a residencyat the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, she helped found the groundbreaking ensemble for 17th-century music, Concerto Castello. Described as a “delightfully inventive and compelling” continuo player, she has more than a dozen recordings, including a solo disk on Wildboar and a 2-CD release of music byElisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. Her playing has been noted for its “precision and delicacy of wit.”Ms. Fitch has participated in many music festivals, including Tanglewood, Aix-en-Provence and Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, Germany. She was on the facultyof the Longy School of Music for 28 years, serving as Chair of Early Music and teaching harpsichord, organ, chamber music, and figured bass. She has been a Guest Professor at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan, and currently teaches at New England Conservatory of Music, Tufts, and Brandeis. She serves as Minister of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA, and is Artistic Director of the St. John’s Concert Series. She is also a licensed teacher of Body Mapping, helping musicians to playwith greater ease and avoid injury.