Education:
Bachelor's degree, journalism and mass communications and minor in music, University of Northern Colorado.

Professional background:
Colorado has known the voice of Monika Vischer for more than 20 years; she celebrated her 20th anniversary at Colorado Public Radio in 2010. She started at KUNC-FM before joining Colorado Public Radio as a music host and news reporter. She has served as music director and continues to produce features and interviews of top classical music artists from around the world. Monika helped guide the creation of CPR's "Colorado Spotlight" in the mid 90s. She also hosted and produced the popular Sunday morning program, Sacred Classics, during its early years. In 2013, Monika was named program director for CPR's classical music service. She is winner of a a Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals Awards for the day-long special, "Sound of America," and the National Clarion Award for her 5-part radio documentary series, "A Voice for the Silenced: Re-discovering Music Lost in the Holocaust," co-hosted by LA Opera Music Director James Conlon.

Growing up, Monika studied flute with Susanella Noble, a student of French flute masters Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maxence Larrieu and Alain Marion. At age 13, Monika joined the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, then under Music Director Charles Ansbacher. As a student at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Monika played under Kenneth Singleton in UNC's Wind Ensemble, and sang in the Grammy Award nominated vocal jazz sextet, the Axidentals, headlining clinics and festivals in the US and Canada. Monika has taught flute and continues to play and sing professionally.

In her own words ...

How I got into classical radio:
As a music student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, a couple of my friends worked for KUNC (which belonged to the university at the time). I was in the hunt for a student job, saw there was an opening, so went for it. When I interviewed, I knew how to say Aram Khachaturian, so I got the job!

Best moment in radio/classical music:
Co-hosting with conductor James Conlon, a 5-part documentary series titled "A Voice for the Silenced: Rediscovering Music Lost in the Holocaust." This award-winning radio production was broadcast nationally. The project was deeply gratifying and enlightening. Judging from feedback, it also touched a chord with listeners unlike anything else I've produced.

Favorite composer and favorite piece:
It is cruel to ask this question. The beauty is that I don't have to decide.  With feet to fire I say Beethoven. He fully understood the gift he was destined to give this world and says as much in each of his greatest works. As for a favorite piece?  At the moment?  Ottorino Respighi's "Pines of Rome" for its sonic brilliance, ingenious use of orchestra, depth and fabulous melodies. It's simply "the whole package."

Funniest comment from a listener:
"You say that's called the "Taco Bell Canon?" ~ a listener calling to ask what I played just after airing the famous Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel.