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In Memoriam: Ann Gates Fiser

In Memoriam: Ann Gates Fiser
Ann Gates Fiser

Ann Gates Fiser

We at Songwriters in Seattle are sad to hear of the passing of our friend, creative colleague, and community partner, Ann Gates Fiser. Ann joined SiS in 2013 – her warm heart and enthusiasm for music and community was infectious. She was a dedicated member of our Board of Directors for many years, often calling into our monthly meeting even when she was too sick to take part in person. Building community was important to her, and if you ever attended one of her events at The Den, where she hosted both a showcase and open mic each month, you know how much she loved being a part of it.

Ann was a creative force, not only as a musician, but also as a visual artist, running an art studio in Kirkland with her husband, Rob. She wrote music, recorded, performed, painted murals, illustrated children’s books, and more. Her SiS Board of directors byline read:

Ann is a singer-songwriter who plays the guitar and keyboards. She cut her musical teeth playing in Austin, Dallas/Ft Worth, and Vail, CO bars, hotels, and restaurants playing pop, top 40, country, and show tunes, and always in the background writing and singing her own songs. Finally burning out with the bar scene she quit music altogether and started a whole new career as a mural artist. She could not stay away from music for long and returned in 2013 with a commitment to play the music she loves which includes, of course, her own original songs. Her lyric topics are wide ranging and her music genre is somewhat eclectic. Learn more about Ann at and

Ann will be missed by all in Songwriters in Seattle and our northwest creative community at large. In many ways she embodied the ideal intersection of welcoming community and creative spirit – we are honored and thankful to have been a part of her journey.

Chris Klimecky
Chris is the Executive Director of Songwriters in Seattle. He has been songwriting and recording for over 25 years and has called Seattle home for the last 17 years. His discography includes two albums with his band in the 90's, Jester's Crown, and three more recent solo album releases. He is currently working on a new album with his band while producing other local artists in his home studio.

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