It is with our deepest sorrow to inform you of the passing of Dr. Robin Fellows, principal flutist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. We will miss Robin's enormous talent, his smile, and his great sense of humor. Details of the memorial service are below.
June 21, 1949 - October 20, 2015
Robin Bruce Fellows, 66, of Whitewater, WI, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Robin was born on June 21, 1949, in Lockport, NY, to Bruce and Grace (Fife) Fellows. Robin received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam, and his Master of Music Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in Cleveland, he met his future wife, Katherine Howard, and later married her in West Haven, CT, on Aug. 25, 1979. Robin proudly received his Doctor of Music Degree from Northwestern University. He also served in the United States Coast Guard Band. Robin was a Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for 26 years. He was a dedicated musician and teacher, and gave numerous recitals. He also performed in the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra. Program Press recently published his edition of works for flute by French composers. Robin loved playing chamber music with his colleagues, reading, swimming, mediation, and spending time with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Robin is survived by his wife, Katherine; and his two children, Victoria Fellows of Carlsbad, CA, and Matthew Fellows of Whitewater, WI; and a sister, Judith (Doug Chatwin) Fellows of Williamsville, NY.
A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 133 South Franklin St., Whitewater, WI, followed by a program of music at 6 p.m. and a time to share memories. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
NITARDY FUNERAL HOME is serving the Fellows family.
ROBIN FELLOWS BIOGRAPHY
Robin Fellows is Professor of Music at The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he performs in the Whitewater Wind Quintet and is director of the Whitewater Flute Camp. He is the principal flutist of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, second flute and piccoloist of the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, principal flutist of the Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra and Chorus (Milwaukee) and each summer is principal flutist of the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra. Dr. Fellows has also performed with the Madison, Knoxville and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. He has performed concertos as a soloist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Knoxville Chamber Orchestra and the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Fellows has taught at Tennessee Technological University, Northwestern University and Connecticut College. Dr. Fellows has performed at six National Flute Association Conventions, has judged many N. F. A. competitions and has participated and chaired several panels at N. F. A. Conventions. He has presented recitals and master classes at the University of Arkansas, Northwestern University, De Paul University, Miami University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Dr. Fellows holds an M.M. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M. degree from Northwestern University. His teachers include Walfrid Kujala, Maurice Sharp and Joseph Mariano. He has published articles in The Flutist Quarterly and Flute Talk and has recorded for Marc Records and Audio for the Arts. His recently released CD entitled "20th Century Music for Flute" is on the Stoic label and received an excellent review in Flute Talk magazine.