Anderson University

Anderson, SC

(864)231-2001

dfrancis@andersonuniversity.edu

             Deirdre Francis is active as a voice teacher, performer, and choral conductor.  She is an Associate Professor of Music at Anderson University where she teaches voice, including music theater majors and worship leadership majors,  vocal pedagogy, and vocal diction and conducts the Contemporary Vocal Lab.  Ms. Francis’ voice students from both her collegiate and private studios have earned honors at the state and regional level at the National Association of Teachers of Singing annual auditions in classical and music theater categories.   She has served as the vocal coach and musical director for AU production of  Annie, Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.  This past summer, she was the director of the Vocal Pedagogy Institute at AU.

 

             Ms. Francis received the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Music from Anderson College, the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Furman University, and the Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  While at Westminster, she was a member of the world-renowned Westminster Choir. 

 

As a former Daniel Endowed Chair of Music, Ms. Francis established a Voice Lab at AU. Ms. Francis is also a Singing Voice Specialist (SVS) Clinical Fellow through Dr. Karen Wicklund at the Chicago Center for Professional Voice, training to work with injured singers.  She is certified in Somatic Voicework® with Jeanette LoVetri through the Shenandoah University Contemporary Commercial Singing Vocal Pedagogy Institute.  As a soprano, she is a crossover singer, performing classical, musical theater, jazz and pop repertoire.  She is also an Affiliate member of Andover Educators.  The mission of Andover Educators is to put music training on a secure somatic foundation so that all musicians, amateur and professional alike, may play and sing free of pain and injury and with increasing enjoyment and skill (see www.bodymap.org).

 

In addition to her full-time teaching duties at AU, Ms. Francis conducts the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Girl Choir, an auditioned community choir for girls in grades 3-8.  The GAMAC Girl Choir was invited to perform at the Youth Music Festival at the 2009 Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.   Ms. Francis is very active as a choral clinician, honor choir conductor and choral adjudicator.  She has served as both Vice-President (two terms),  and as President of the SC Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  She currently serves as the SC District Governor.

 

Deirdre Francis

Web pages updated:  September 2012

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