Behind the Scenes: Graeme Francis

An interactive rhythmic “Big Bang” with percussionist and educator Graeme Francis.

Behind the Scenes are FREE performances, dialogue, and masterclasses with artists from the Austin Chamber Music Festival and Workshop. Taking place Monday through Friday 3:15-4:00 PM in Bates Recital Hall, July 10-21.

Monday, July 10 | Faculty Artists: Rehearsal Techniques
Tuesday, July 11 | Festival Quartet with Michelle Schumann
Wednesday, July 12 | Samantha Balboa, Ruben Balboa & Michelle Schumann
Thursday, July 13 | Sara Sant’Ambrogio
Friday, July 14 | TY & Strauss
Monday, July 17 | Cover to Cover
Tuesday, July 18 | Invoke
Wednesday, July 19 | Faculty Artists
Thursday, July 20 | Faculty Artists: Dos & Don’ts of Performance
Friday, July 21 | Graeme Francis

Graeme Francis

Dr. Francis is a versatile clinician with over fifteen years of experience teaching at colleges and universities. His extensive knowledge of solo, chamber, orchestral percussion, and jazz drum set education reflect his robust performance career in these areas. Between 2016 and 2022, he was Adjunct Professor of Percussion at The College of St. Rose (Albany, NY), Hartwick College (Oneonta, NY), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) where he taught percussion and drum set lessons, and directed the Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Francis served as Percussion Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2006 to 2016 and was nominated for UTSA’s 2016 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A versatile performer, Mr. Francis’s orchestral work includes dates with the San Antonio Symphony, San Antonio Opera, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Mid-Texas Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Prince Edward Island Symphony, Rome Festival Orchestra, Albany Symphony, and Albany Pro Musica, in addition to a multitude of chamber ensembles such as the American Repertory Ensemble, Revel, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and line upon line. Dr. Francis has performed both in Canada and the United States as one half of the Schumann-Francis piano-percussion duo, whose live performances from the Victoria Bach Festival have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

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