Fisher, Helen (Wynfreda)
- J.M. Thomson
(b Nelson, Feb 4, 1942). New Zealand composer and teacher. She graduated in English from the University of Canterbury (BA 1964) and taught for a number of years before taking the BMus first in music history (1982) and then in composition (1991) at Victoria University of Wellington. She has helped to develop the study of relationships between Polynesian and Western musical styles and has collaborated extensively with Maori performing artists. Her music is often expressively atonal or modal in style with frequent use of linear techniques and it displays her affinity with wind instruments. She has written many chamber and choral works but has specialized in music for dance and for performance in schools. Both Maori culture and the New Zealand environment are sources of inspiration for her.