Born: October 14, 1835, Baltimore, Maryland.
Died: August 13, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Buried: Mount Moriah Cemetery, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania.
Son of a German immigrant, Fischer showed musical ability at an early age. When he was eight years old, he began singing in a German church in Baltimore. He learned to read music in a church singing class, and afterward studied piano and organ.
He learned bookbinding at J. B. Lippincott’s in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, but spent his evenings studying and practicing music.
He was an experienced trainer and leader of large bodies of singers of all ages, and was much sought after to lead choirs and choruses in sacred music in Pennsylvania. He also taught singing, piano and music theory.
He was closely connected with Welsh music festivals, and directed the combined Welsh Societies at the bicentennial of the landing of William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania).
From 1858–68, Fischer was Professor of Music at Girard College in Pennsylvania. Before leaving Girard, he started in the piano business, where he built up one of the most prosperous piano houses in the country. He was partner with John E. Gould until Gould’s death in 1875.
From that time, Fischer was sole proprietor of the business for a number of years, when he took his oldest son, Charles, into partnership. He retired in 1898, and was succeeded by his son.