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Ann Bailen Fisher, born in New York City on October 15, 1951, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2023 at her home in Manhattan. She resided in New York City and Sherman, Connecticut.


Ann is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fisher, a son, Thomas Bailen Fisher, and three grandchildren, Hattie, Theo and Lydia; a sister, Emily Bailen McKeage, and a brother, Eliot T. Bailen and many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as by her children-in-law, Robert Bigot and Sabrina Fisher. She was predeceased by her parents, Eliot Bailen and Elise Thompson Bailen.

As a long-time Board member of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, Ann hosted numerous benefits and receptions, volunteered at events and was a dedicated and generous supporter.

In honor of her legacy, the Board of Directors of the Ensemble has established a fund in her memory.

In Memory of Ann Bailen Fisher

In Memory

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on February 11, 2023 at The Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1085 Fifth Avenue, at 90th Street. A reception will follow at the church.


Ann, beloved by many, will be deeply missed by all of her family and friends.

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For the past forty years, because of support from people like you, the Sherman Chamber Ensemble has delighted, engaged, soothed, energized, and inspired the community with our world class music.


Whether at intimate gatherings or sold-out performances, SCE has been a vibrant element on the region’s arts and cultural landscape.

From baroque to jazz, from classical to pop, our extraordinary artists joyously share their talent, their music, and their passion with you. And the reason why is simple: unlike some music performance groups, for SCE, our “ensemble” is truly incomplete without you, our patrons, and our audiences.

Not only do you help us to complete the musical picture we create when we play, your applause and support is essential to us in sustaining our work.


As we move ahead in this post-pandemic period and manage our way through the residual challenges, with your continued support and year-end donation, we look forward to an inspiring and uplifting
collaboration and to together creating the ideal conditions for making music. 

Leaving a Legacy


Remembering the Sherman Chamber Ensemble

Leaving a legacy in your will is one of the most enduring gifts you can make, and ensures that future generations continue to have access to the outstanding music-making of the Ensemble.

When the time is right for you to include a gift in your will, consider including us.


Every contribution, large or small, is deeply appreciated and will make a difference to the future of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble. By making this lasting commitment, you will be leaving your own musical legacy for future generations to enjoy.

How to leave a legacy to the Sherman Chamber Ensemble

Leaving a gift in your will is easy to arrange and is one of the most flexible ways of giving.


When considering your gift or writing your will, we recommend that you seek the advice of a professional advisor who will be able to provide detailed guidance on the various types of legacy gifts. For example, you may wish to leave a proportion of your residuary estate, a specific sum, or the gift of an asset, such as stocks and shares.


The Sherman Chamber Ensemble is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and a legacy gift could be deducted from your estate before inheritance tax is calculated, thereby reducing the overall amount of inheritance tax payable.

If you have decided to leave a gift to the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in your will, or are considering remembering us

in this meaningful way, we would be delighted to hear from you.

While there is no obligation to let us know your intentions, we would value the opportunity to thank you for your support, and to keep you informed of our work.

To inform us of your intentions, or to have a discussion about leaving a legacy to the Sherman Chamber Ensemble, please contact:

Liba Furhman, Executive Director

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