In Memory of Rosemary Ganzert Fischer

Reflections and Inspirations


  • Colin Andrew Lee Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada



Wilfrid Laurier University; Canadian Association of Music Therapy; music therapy pedagogy; improvisation; music therapy; musicology


Dr. Rosemary Ganzert Fischer (1932-2021) was a pioneer of Canadian music therapy. She began the Bachelor of Music Therapy programme at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU), Waterloo, Ontario in 1986. This article describes her contributions to Canadian music therapy. It also contains memories of our time working and teaching together and the inspirations we shared. Rosemary’s legacy to Canadian music therapy should be remembered. The dedication she brought to her work and teachings at WLU inspired a generation of music therapists who are now actively working and standing on the shoulders of her contributions to the field.

Author Biography

Colin Andrew Lee, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Colin Andrew Lee studied piano at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie and subsequently earned his postgraduate diploma in music therapy from the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre, London. Colin was awarded the Music Therapy Charity research fellowship completing his doctoral thesis on the analysis of improvisations with people living with HIV/AIDS. He continued his clinical work at Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice, Oxford. After immigrating to North America, Colin taught at Berklee College of Music, Boston and later at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada. Following the publication of Music at the Edge: The Music Therapy Experiences of a Musician with AIDS (1996 & 2016), he subsequently created the theory of aesthetic music therapy that was the subject of Colin’s monograph The Architecture of Aesthetic Music Therapy (2003). Recent research interests include the musicological analysis of postminimalist composers and their influence on the study of applied health musicology. Colin is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Queer and Trans Music Therapy.


Photo of Author Colin Andrew Lee




How to Cite

Lee, C. A. (2024). In Memory of Rosemary Ganzert Fischer: Reflections and Inspirations. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 24(1).