Frances holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from the School of Music at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) where she studied piano with Dr. Terence Dawson and choral conducting with Prof. James Fankhauser.
Frances has taught choral and instrumental music in primary and secondary schools and choral methods at the University of Calgary. She has conducted numerous choirs in school, community and church settings, including Lacuna Women’s Choir (UK), Amabile Girls’ Choir (UK), Donna Amabile Women’s Choir (UK), Queen Katherine School Chamber Choir (UK), Mount Royal Children’s Choir (Calgary), Scarboro United Church Children’s, Youth and Adult Choirs (Calgary), West Point Gray Academy Choirs (Vancouver), and Forest Lawn School Choir (Calgary). She has worked as a choral clinician and adjudicator in local music festivals and as a piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists.
From 2006 until 2014, Frances and her family lived in the UK where she worked as a choral conductor, a private voice and piano teacher and was a frequent leader of singing workshops in Lancashire schools. In 2014, she relocated back to Canada and is currently working as a choral conductor in Kelowna, B.C. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Okanagan Children’s Choir, is Minister of Music at First United Church, Kelowna, assists with choirs at Glenmore Elementary School, and has recently been appointed to be the Musical Director of Musaic Vocal Ensemble, Summerland.
Frances is a member of the BC Choral Federation, Choral Canada, Chorus America and is a certified teacher in the province of British Columbia.
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