Robert Franz

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As Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra, and Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, Robert Franz’s appeal as a first-rate conductor and enthusiastic award-winning educator is acclaimed by critics, composers and audiences of all ages.

Maestro Franz is in increasing demand as a guest conductor whose recent engagements include appearances with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Baltimore and St. Louis Symphonies, and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Italy. This season he will add several concerts with the Phoenix Symphony to his active guest conducting schedule. Maestro Franz has worked with some of today’s finest classical soloists, including James Galway, Joshua Bell and Rachel Barton Pine, as well as top pops artists such as Chris Botti, Idina Menzel and Judy Collins.

In his fourth season as the Windsor Symphony’s Music Director, Franz has made a positive impact on the community resulting in the extension of the number of Windsor Symphony subscription weeks. Known for galvanizing audiences and communities alike, he has developed collaborations with the Windsor International Film Festival, the Art Gallery of Windsor, the Canadian Historical Aviation Association, The University of Windsor and St. Clair College. The debut of Canadian astronaut and folk guitarist, Chris Hadfield performing original works inspired by his experiences in space was met with great enthusiasm. Highlights of his 2015-16 season included sold out performances of La Boehme as part of an opera festival, the Canadian chamber opera, Pat and Emilia, and a highly acclaimed Mozart mini-festival.

As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony Franz was recently honored as the first member of the Symphony conducting staff with the Raphael Fliegel Award for Visionary Leadership. He continues to lead the Symphony in a broad range of creative educational and family concerts, including its summer neighborhood concert series, an outreach program dedicated to bringing music to all of Houston’s communities. Recent highlights include the world premiere of music from the iconic TV series School House Rock for orchestra. During his tenure, attendance at family and educational concerts has almost doubled.

Marking his seventh year as Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra Music Director, Franz, a passionate music educator, continues to provide artistic experiences for talented amateur musicians and students alike. In addition to directing the festival orchestra, he mentors aspiring conductors with his newly created “Art of Conducting” workshop. A champion of new music, this season Franz will lead the festival chorus in the world premiere of Emerson Eads’ Mass for the Oppressed.

ASCAP has recognized Franz on two occasions for his advocacy in arts education. Under his direction, both the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008 and the Louisville Orchestra in 2001 were awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming. Franz’s expertise in music education was recognized by the Idaho Legislature recently when he was invited to speak about its importance to the education committee. Franz was also invited to speak at the League of American Orchestra conference on the topic of New Music: Opportunities to Broaden Audiences.

In addition to his current posts, Franz served as the Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic from 2008-2015, The Mansfield Symphony in Ohio from 2003-2010, Resident Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from 2005-2009, and Associate Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra from 1997-2006. He continues to serve as Music Director Emeritus of the Carolina Chamber Symphony, an orchestra that he founded, and provides educational programming workshops at the National Repertory Orchestra during the summer.

Years taught2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
DepartmentOrchestra/Composing
SpecialtyMusic Director, FSAF Orchestra
Websitehttp://www.robertfranz.com

Teaching schedule
The Art of ConductingMTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2018
The Art of ConductingMTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2017
FSAF Concerto String IntensiveSunMTWThFSat/MTWThFSat Christ Lutheran Church2017
The Art of Conducting (auditor)MTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2017
Advanced String Performance Seminar (no housing)MTWThF/MTWThF Christ Lutheran Church2017
FSAF String IntensiveSunMTWThFSat/MTWThF Christ Lutheran Church2017
FSAF String Intensive (no housing)MTWThF/MTWThF Christ Lutheran Church2017
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2017
The Art of ConductingMTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2016
The Art of Conducting (auditor)MTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2016
The Art of Conducting Mini-WorkshopT (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2016
The Art of Conducting Mini-Workshop (auditor)T (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2016
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2016
The Art of ConductingMTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2015
The Art of Conducting Mini-WorkshopT (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2015
The Art of Conducting Mini-Workshop (auditor)T (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2015
Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre IntensiveMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2015
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2015
The Art of ConductingMTWThFSat (week 1) Christ Lutheran Church2014
The Art of Conducting Mini-WorkshopT (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2014
The Art of Conducting Mini-Workshop (auditor)T (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2014
Opera and Musical TheatreMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2014
Opera ChorusMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–12:00pmDavis Concert Hall2014
Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre IntensiveMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2014
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2014
The Art of Conducting Mini-WorkshopT (week 1) 9:00–11:50amChrist Lutheran Church - Sanctuary2013
Denali Chamber OrchestraWThF (week 1) 9:00–11:00amDavis Concert Hall2013
Opera and Musical TheatreMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2013
Opera ChorusMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–12:00pmDavis Concert Hall2013
Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre IntensiveMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2013
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2013
Opera and Musical TheatreMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2012
Opera ChorusMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–12:00pmDavis Concert Hall2012
Advanced Opera and Musical Theatre IntensiveMTWThF/MTWThF 9:30am–5:00pmDavis Concert Hall2012
Conducting / Teaching Ensembles — OrchestraF (week 2) 1:30–3:20pmMusic 217 - McGown Room2012
Sectionals for String OrchestraW (week 1) 3:30–4:20pmGruening 3012012
FSAF OrchestraMTWFSat (week 2) 4:35–7:00pmPioneer Park Exhibit Hall2012
OrchestraMTWThF/MTWThF 5:15–7:15pmDavis Concert Hall2011

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