Maggie Francis, piano faculty
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Maggie Francis

Traditional Piano, Piano Department Chair 

Margreet Margreet "Maggie" Francis is on the collegiate faculty of The Hartt School, where she serves as Co-Director of Performance 20/20, Hartt’s Honors Chamber Music Program, and Co-Chair of the Piano Department, as well as Chair of the Piano Department of The Hartt School Community Division. She is also a member of the Hartford Symphony where she plays piano, harpsichord, and celesta. Her performances have been recorded for the Centaur label and regularly broadcast over radio and TV.

Francis studied at the Eastman School, The New England Conservatory, and The Hartt School, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Piano Performance. As a soloist, Francis has appeared with many orchestras throughout the Eastern United States, including the Hartford Symphony, the Manchester Symphony, and the Baroque Arts Chamber Orchestra of D.C., performing a wide variety of literature including piano concerti, harpsichord concerti, two piano concerti, as well as all of the Bach Brandenburg Concerti.

In the collaborative arena, Francis has recently resurrected the Hartt Faculty Recital Series bringing together the talents of the many Hartt faculty member,  including the Miami String Quartet and Hartford Symphony musicians. She also spent several years playing piano with the New World Chamber Ensemble, a group known for its championing of works by contemporary composers. Other Chamber Music performances have included appearances on the Hartford Atheneum’s Sunday Serenades Series, the Trinity Carillon Series, Chamber Music Plus, the Soni Fidelis Woodwind Quintet, and Trio ARIOSO.  As an accompanist, she works regularly with world renowned instrumentalists including performances at the National Flute Convention and the International French Horn Convention. 

Teaching Philosophy

Francis maintains a pre-college studio of 10-15 gifted and hard working piano students. Her students have been prize winners in many local, State and Regional Competitions. Lessons include careful attention to proper technique and tone, and learning the stylistic differences of the various musical historic periods.  Maggie works to develop a strong sense of studio, with regular performance classes and recital participation for all of her students. As a result of her personal warmth, nurturing and sense of humor, her students learn to perform with confidence and to find their own unique musical personalities at the piano.