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

My number one goal is meet a student where they are and to help them develop their pianistic and musical skills to a higher level. With love, laughter and discipline I hope to provide the student with the skills and motivation to become a lifelong lover of music and playing their instrument. My approach incorporates not only excellent piano technique, facility and expression but also stresses learning to listen critically through the study of both solo and collaborative works. I also strive to provide my students with a foundation in music theory and historical traditions.