JSYO Conductor, Foundation Strings
Rose Francis was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Brevard County, Florida where she began her violin studies from a young age. She holds an undergraduate degree in Music Education from the University of North Florida, where she studied violin under Dr. Simon Shiao, and a Master of Music Performance in Conducting under the direction of Dr. Gordon Brock. Francis participated in master classes with the Ying String Quartet (violin), in the UNF Conducting Symposium with Eugene Corporon, and was recently a conducting fellow with the Saratoga Orchestra for the Pacific North West Conducting Institute workshop with Diane Wittry and Dr. Anna Edwards.
Francis has served as string orchestra director at Pine Forest Magnet School of the Arts since 2012, where she developed and cultivated a full time string program for the entire school population with instruction including violin, viola, cello and bass. Francis has taught upper string techniques and pedagogy as an adjunct professor at University of North Florida since 2016. She has served as the Assistant Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Jacksonville since its inaugural 2016 season. She develops educational outreach materials for multiple organizations throughout Jacksonville and advocates for string education as an emerging leader in the field.