Player Spotlight ~ Marianne (Mimi) Fahs ~ Fiddler, Professor of Public Health, Sailor

Opus 399 Guadagnini 1779 Bench violin, 2000

Mimi at the park “When I first opened the beautifully packed case, it took my breath away. And now playing it, it's like a like holding a songbird in my hands, so gentle and pure the movement and sound. It's a huge difference in sound and I'm in love with it all over again!”

Marianne (Mimi) C. Fahs, PhD, MPH is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. She was the founding Rose Dobrof Co-Director and Research Director of the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging and Longevity of Hunter College. An internationally recognized health economist, she has over 30 years experience in health policy and analysis, health services research and evaluation, and health economics, focusing on older adults and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Fahs pioneered the first cost-effectiveness analysis of a preventive screening program among older women, contributing to Congressional passage of Medicare’s inaugural preventive screening benefit for cervical cancer.

Mimi Fahs is also a passionate amateur fiddler.

She started playing the violin in 4th grade. After early classical training, and following completion of her doctorate from the University of Michigan, she discovered fiddle blues and improvisation, studying with Julie Lyons Lieberman in New York City.

Mimi found her beloved Cox violin when in Vermont for the memorial for a dear friend, who had lived nearby and loved the same Vermont woods surrounding Doug's beautiful studio.

The first time she heard her instrument's warm evocative tones in Doug's studio, she realized her life-long yearning for a beautiful instrument was complete. Mimi is now a regular at Jay Ungar and Molly Mason's Ashokan Fiddle and Dance Camp in the Catskills. She plays and performs occasionally with friends in Orient, Long Island. Her favorite activity is singing and fiddling Southern Appalachian old time tunes on her sailboat in harbors along the way from Orient to Martha's Vineyard.

Photo by Elizabeth Thompson
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